Shikha Mittal


Effects Of Exercise On Mental Health

While mental exercise is important for brain health, that doesn’t mean you never need to break a sweat. Physical exercise helps your brain stay sharp. It increases oxygen to your brain and reduces the risk for disorders that lead to memory loss, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Exercise affects your health, weight, and energy levels. But many people don’t know exercise also give strong impact on brain. How? Let’s know this.

How exercise works for brain?

Our brain is our body’s command center and it requires a steady feed of energy in the form of glucose and oxygen to function efficiently. When we exercise, our body’s oxygen requirements skyrockets. Consequently, your blood, the transporter of oxygen, nutrients, and glucose, is pumped more vigorously to all regions of the body, including the brain. And with the increased oxygen and energy, your brain receives the wake-up call it needs to function better. People feeling more relaxed and energized after exercising even though they expend energy.

How Exercise helps to improve brain ability?

It helps to sharpen memory- There was significantly greater brain activation after exercise, leading researchers to conclude that exercise can immediately change the way our brains function and adding to the evidence that physical activity can strengthen brain function and memory. As we get older, our brains have a harder time processing or maintaining information. Another health benefit of exercise in teens, is that it reduces the chances of developing diseases like Alzheimer’s later in life. 

It reduce Stress - When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. So it stands to reason that if your body feels better, so does your mind. Regular exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.

Get over from past- Exercise breaks can help you get past mental fatigue and afternoon slumps. Even a short walk or a few jumping jacks can be enough to reboot your brain.

Better Sleep- Because of the body’s need to recover from exercise, your brain will make you tired earlier and help you sleep more soundly throughout the night. The human body recovers at night when we sleep; this is the most profound effect of recovery from training sessions. Without sleep, you will not progress very far in your quest for fitness. Luckily your brain has your back on this one.

Exercise improves cognitive function - Cognitive functioning refers to multiple mental abilities, including learning, thinking, reasoning, remembering, problem-solving, decision making, and attention. Science has repeatedly drawn a link between higher levels of physical activity and better cognitive function. And it doesn’t take long to see results. In fact, one study found that even short, 10-minute bouts of exercise were enough to enhance brain function in older adults.

Increased Happiness- Exercise can increase the release of “happy chemicals” called endorphins, which act in a similar fashion as pain medicine interacting with your brain’s neurotransmitters. Don’t worry, no addiction here. These endorphins release naturally by exercise and have been shown to reduce depression and increase feelings of “euphoria” post-workout. In addition, exercising outdoors can also give you a boost of happiness.

Improve social behavior- Maintaining a robust social life and staying socially and intellectually engaged with others also has been shown to bolster your brain function. By communicating with others, you challenge your mind to interpret verbal and visual cues and respond to them accordingly. Social interaction also can improve your mood and, potentially, ward off depression, which can adversely affect your cognition.

Exercising doesn’t just keep your body in shape; it also helps keep your brain in shape. It’s recommended to get in at least 30 minutes of activity, such as walking, every day to keep your brain sharp. By incorporating light exercise into your daily routine, you can reduce the risk of developing some of the health conditions that lead to memory loss.