Why Exercise Is Really For Your Mind

Exercise For More Than A Killer Body:

Scientists have found that our brains operate more effectively when we exercise. I find that on days when I exercise I am more productive and in a better mood. The effect of the sun on my face and the feeling of sweat on my skin makes me feel happier, more confident and as if I have achieved something.

Exercise is really for the brain, not the body, it affects mood, vitality, alertness and feelings of wellbeing – John J. Ratey, MD

Ratey, a Harvard psychiatrist, highlights that exercise optimises your mindset, it encourages the binding of nerve cells to retain information and it encourages the growth of new nerve cells. This is why exercise is really for your mind.

Exercise should be viewed as a non-negotiable. It is the best thing you can do to operate at your best throughout the rest of the day and ensure optimal brain performance.

What kind of exercise should you do? The focus here is not on what you do, but getting moving with something you enjoy. This may be a walk, jog, team sport or in my case, rock climbing and pole dancing. I love the way these sports make me feel afterwards.

If you did 30 minutes of exercise this morning you would find reading all the way to the bottom of the page easier and would retain more of what you read.


Do you find that exercise benefits your mind? Let me know in the comments below.

By Anna Johnson-Hill

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