4 mental benefits of exercise
By Alexander – 24 March 2022
We all have our own very personal reasons to exercise. One might exercise to recover from an injury, another to just to get overall healthier. It’s clear that exercising makes us feel better both mentally and physically, during and after the session. There have been plenty of studies on how much cardiovascular exercise increases psychological well-being. Below you will find the most significant mental benefits that you will get from joining our workouts both short and long term.
Increased well-being (natural antidepressant)
Studies have shown that doing moderate-intensity exercise three to four times a week improves your mood. You will already reap the psychological benefits after your very first workout, and you will increase your resistance to stress.
So, why do I feel happier after a workout?
When performing a physical activity, our brain releases the “feel good” chemicals, such as dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline endorphins that result in a post-workout bliss.
Sudoku, memory games, and mind training apps have been gaining popularity, and while they sure are great for increasing your memory or word-recall, so is a good workout.
Our memory center is located in the hippocampus and it’s where we store our memories, both short-term, and long-term. Sadly this part of the brain decreases with age and therefore our memory suffers. But there are ways to not only stop this from happening but also increase the size of our hippocampus. Researchers have even proven that physical activity can impact the growth of the hippocampus by 2%. This means that you can improve your memory by joining our Velobeat or Veloburn workouts regularly.
Studies have shown that the mental process speed increases by doing cardiovascular exercise. The sheer amount of blood flowing to the brain makes you think faster and store information easier. Over time, exercise can have a lasting effect on the speed of your thinking. Play hard, work hard.
Dealing with a hectic schedule, running errands, and not getting enough sleep? We all know the feeling sometimes. Not only can exercise provide relief from stress, but it also helps your body deal with its negative effects. By concentrating on your movement and focusing on the activity, you can easily forget your daily troubles, even if just for a moment. You also might find it easier to go back to your routine with a clearer head.
The recipe to maximize the benefits of exercise and improve your psychological well-being and memory:
- 3-4 workout sessions a week
- Aim for the sessions to be at least 40 minutes long
- The intensity should be moderate to hard throughout the entire workout
Start right here. Check the schedule and book your bike or Xformer now.
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