We often associate exercise solely with weight loss. But exercise has other “hidden” benefits that should be uncovered!
The article, What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise and How It Makes Us Happier by Leo Widrich was actually our inspiration for this week’s episode!
Here is a breakdown of it for you:
We learned that exercise is a treatment for:
What happens in the brain when you exercise:
-Moment of stress recognized
-Heart pressure increases
-Fight or flight
-Body releases BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) a protective & reparative element sent to your memory neurons acts as a reset switch
-Results in feeling at ease & clear mind after exercising & happy.
-Endorphins released which minimize discomfort, blocks pain and associated with a feeling of euphoria
-BDFN & Endorphins have addictive behavior
A study by Gretchen Reynolds (referenced in the Book Review and the Magazine Rack this week) shows the first 20 minutes of activity provide most health benefits, i.e.:
- Prolonged life
- Reduced disease risk
Quick last fact: You get the highest level of happiness with exercise if you are just starting out.
Check out the article for more in-depth information!
7 Mind-Blowing Benefits of Exercise from U.S. News touches upon some similar and additional information!
Greatist’s 13 Unexpected Benefits of Exercise expands the added benefits of exercise even further!