Healthy body, healthy mind: The effects exercise has on the brain

Healthy body, healthy mind: The effects exercise has on the brain

We all know that physical activity makes you healthier in the body, but it can also make you healthier in the mind. We are only now coming to appreciate just how beneficial regular exercise can be, bringing with it all sorts of brain-boosting effects which can improve our cognitive abilities and mood. Here are just some of the ways a workout can help you stay mentally fit.

More energy

Exercising during the day can leave you feeling pumped up and ready to tackle anything. Being more active also means you’re more likely to get a good night’s sleep, something many people struggle with as we lead busier lives. That in turn leaves you feeling more refreshed and energetic the next day.

Better memory

Evidence supports the claim that regular exercise can improve your long- and short-term memory. Adults and children who exercise even just a handful of times a week perform better in memory tests, perhaps even helping them ward off degenerative illnesses such as dementia.

Brain repair

When your heart rate increases during a workout, it pumps more oxygen and nutrients to the brain and stimulates neuron growth. That means that regular exercise keeps the brain in good working order, repairing damage to keep you mentally sharp.

Mood-boosting

When you exercise, the brain releases dopamine and endorphins which elevate your mood. As anti-depressant endorphins increase, there is a correlating drop in stress hormones to add to the overall good mood effect. That ‘buzz’ you get after a workout can last for many hours.

Regular exercise can, therefore, help you stay mentally fit as well as keeping you in shape. To find out more about the workplace fitness programmes organised by MVP, simply get in touch with our team today.