Exercise Your Power Of Thought

Brain ExerciseMost people choose to take some form of exercise these days and not only for the good of their health. Exercise sharpens our brains, it makes us far more alert and ‘switched on’. Exercise helps us to give a better performance altogether. Exercise is a way of naturally lifting our spirits, rather than popping a pill, maybe spend some time exercising. Whereas anti-depressants give our systems an artificial boost, exercise offers our mind a natural boost, making us feel alert, vital and it offers a sense of wellbeing.

Attention Deficit Hyper Activity has always been thought of as only affecting young people, but it affects both old and young alike. A bewildering illness that results in hyper activity of the body and an inability to focus on anything. If morning exercise takes place then it at least allows some of the hyper activity to burn itself out. Adult sufferers have reaped the benefits and children who were allowed to ‘let off steam’ have managed to stay relatively rested and calm for a few hours after.

Researchers have been looking at the way the brain is affected by exercise, some of the latest animal research suggests that exercise can in fact help regenerate the brain cells.

Sharpen The Brain With Exercise

Often when we take part in any form of exercise we get a ‘feel good’ feeling, in fact an extremely pleasurable feeling. All of this is down to the nervous system allowing the release of certain chemicals, dopamine and serotonin that allow us to feel tranquil, elated and upbeat. Maybe this is an exercise that you would like to try out?  Use some of that energy and then feel the chemicals flowing! Stimulation of the central nervous system pays dividends, brings better self esteem, clear thinking and heightened performance.

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Exercise Those Blues Away

Many are only too aware of the horrors of depression, instead of a brain and body that thinks clearly and laterally we end up with a depressed system that refuses to function as it should do. A study was carried out on a group of people, half who suffered from depression and half who didn’t, the group then took part in a one hour session of aerobic exercise. Those who were feeling depressed before starting the exercise confessed to feeling far brighter afterward. It seems that they felt less anger, far less tired and their tension levels had subsided. Another study involved a group of people aged fifty and over, and all suffering from depression. A third of the group was given drug treatment, a third was given an exercise program and the remainder had a combination of the two. Strangely enough after a few months all three groups felt a significant improvement. Moving on another few months the group who had been given exercise alone as a treatment had been the ones to have the longest periods of remission. Experts then said that the depressives may gain a lot from the realization that drugs were not the ultimate cure all.

Exercising any anxiety away is usually very successful, build ups of tension are soon broken up. Bipolar disorders are much more of an uphill struggle though, they remain immune to the powers of exercise.

Do You Feel Like A Brain Training Session?

A good exercise session can be so beneficial, anyone who is suffering from anxiety will most likely notice that they can remain fairly calm for several hours after exercising. If the workout has been extreme then the benefits may not become evident until the body has undergone a cooling off period. So for anyone who wants to feel the instant benefit’s a calmer and more moderate form of exercise would be a more appropriate choice.

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A minimal amount of moderate exercise would be thirty minute of walking or swimming maybe three time a week. If you could step it up to four or five times a week then that’s great. Anyone who feels capable of more could do as much as ninety minutes for five or six times a week and still not be overdoing it. But if you are intending doing masses of exercise to combat anxiety then do it in stages, pace yourself or you will become overtired. When you become overtired the ability to be alert decreases enormously.

Exercise is very much a personal thing, what suits one wont suit all. Some may like ball games and running while others may find that Yoga enhances their mental alertness. Often people find that a session of meditation can be the answer for them. The answer lays in an inner search, take time and find out which form of exercise suits you best.

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2 Responses

  1. Jesmi says:

    I will give this a try and report back if it works!

  2. Bryan says:

    This is an interesting post. I always enjoy reading your informative articles. I try to check back here often for updates. Thanks again.

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