There are many reasons why physical activity is good for your body. You may know it prevents disease such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. But do you know that the effect of physical activity extends to your psychological wellbeing? If you are not sure ask people who are doing exercises on regular bases how do they feel after exercising or if they stop for a week or more.
Scientists said that physical activity stimulates our body to releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel happy and relaxed. On the long term regular physical activity can enhances your mood, boosts your self-esteem, improves your cognitive function, reduces your stress, anxiety and improves your sleep.
Recently physical exercise has been described as anti-depressant pill. Several studies showed strong link between mood enhancement and regular moderate physical activity such as cycling, aerobic exercises, brisk walking, or jogging. It is well known that active people are less depressed than inactive people. And people who were active and stopped tend to be more depressed than those who maintain or initiate regular active lifestyle.
Experts believe that the mood enhancement effect happens within five minutes after you start your moderate physical activity. Researches showed that exercise can also help in treatment of depression’s patients through increasing chemicals such as endorphin and serotonin. So be active and feel happy.
Reduce stress and anxiety
Who is not complaining from stress now days? Do you know that we can relive our stress by doing regular physical activity?. Studies showed that physical exercise increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress and cause some relief.
Regular physical activity has been considered as tool to prevent or treat anxiety. Studies showed anxiety patients who participated in a two-week exercise programs showed significant improvement in anxiety sensitivity compared with patients who do not take part in exercise programs. So be active and relax.
Improve cognitive function
Do you feel that your memory is not like before or you can’t concentrate? The advice is to be more active. Regular physical activity boosts memory and ability to learn new things. If you are doing regular moderate physical activity between age 25 and 45, you boosts the chemicals in the brain that prevent degeneration of the hippocampus, an important part of the brain for memory and learning. So be active and smart.
Most of us think that the physical appearance has positive impact on self-esteem. However experts added that regular physical activity boosts self-esteem and improves positive self-image not only through reshaping our body. It is found that with regular exercise and increasing fitness regardless of your weight, size, or age, you can quickly elevate your perception of your attractiveness and have more self-confidence. So be active and confident.
If you do your exercise 5-6 hours before bedtime, you will have good sleep and you will not face insomnia. Exercise raises the body’s core temperature and when the body temperature drops back to normal a few hours later, it means it is time to sleep. But if you delay your exercise to 2-3 hours before bedtime you may face insomnia. That’s why it is recommended to do your exercise in morning or afternoon. So be active and sleep well.
Get your 150 minutes a week to enjoy the life
Do you want to enjoy the life? Try to get all the psychological benefits of the physical activity, by doing 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 times a week. Moderate exercise means being energetic enough so you breathe a little heavier than normal and feel warmer.