Exercise Is Good for Your Brain, Too

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By Katherine Cork on June 13, 2018

Exercise burns calories to reduce your waistline and strengthens your heart to improve your endurance, but it also has a huge impact on your emotional and mental well-being.
 
“Regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep yourself in a good state of mind,” said Patrick Dunham, clinical training manager at Carilion Wellness. “It can not only make you feel good, but it can actually improve your brain function.”
 
Here are some ways that Patrick says adding exercise into your daily routine can benefit your mind:

Reduces Stress

One of the most well-known ways exercise can help is through stress relief. Just a walk around the block can help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety. Plus, it helps your body relax from the tension that stress can create.

Reduces Feelings of Anxiety and Depression

Working up a sweat releases endorphins that can make your feel happier. The boost your mood gets from exercise lasts long after you finish your workout, so make time for exercise multiple times a week to keep your spirits up.

Increases Energy

While energy isn’t an emotion, it is something you need to get the most out of your day! Even though you expend energy while exercising, you’ll actually feel more alert and attentive. Penciling in exercise during your day is a good way to beat those mid-day slumps!

Increases Productivity

After you exercise, you may find that you get more done at work or at home, thanks to a boost in energy and focus. It’s a great way to refresh your mind, giving you the ability to concentrate harder afterward.

Improves Brainpower

The parts of your brain that control your memory and your ability to learn new things are positively impacted by regular exercise. As you age, those areas of the brain naturally start to decline, and many studies have shown that you can reduce some of the effect of aging with exercise, including reducing your risk of dementia.

Improves Sleep

One of the most critical parts of your well-being is getting enough good quality sleep. Exercise helps with that, too! By keeping your workout routine going, you’ll likely reduce the time it takes to fall asleep, increase the amount of time you’re able to stay asleep and have better quality sleep.
 
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