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What Happens To Our Brain When We Exercise?

What Happens To Our Brain When We Exercise?

Motivation Can Be Created By Your Lifestyle Choices

The way you feel and think can be controlled by how you live. What you eat and if you move have a direct impact on your brain function. Have a look at the photo to see what happens to our brain when we’re exercises vs. don’t.

We often associate exercise with weight loss, muscle growth/maintenance, injury prevention etc. But if you have a sedentary lifestyle you’re at risk of all the things to the right in the attached photo – Which are all related to how you feel and not only how you look.

Your brain is your most important organ and it also needs to be trained. Everything you do and think is governed by how our cells and neurons connect with one and other and what connects them are neurotransmitters

 

Feel good hormones

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which determines your level of motivation. If you don’t have any dopamine you’ll simply never feel like doing anything. You don’t want to exercise, so you don’t, and that turns into and endless cycle. You need to train your brain to start releasing this hormone. Basically you need to give it a reason to create it at all. Exercise instantly increases your dopamine levels.

Serotonin is another neurotransmitter and influences your mood, anger and aggressiveness. Serotonin makes you feel good. If you feel anxious, depressed or stressed there’s a high chance you’ve low serotonin levels. Science shows that exercise is the best cure for depression, simply because it increases serotonin levels.

Exercise have a direct influence on Serotonin and Dopamine levels so before you’re to quick on going on and relying on antidepressants (which I’m not against in some cases I just think they get used to often) look at your lifestyle choices first. 

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ALL OR NOTHING MINDSET DOESN’T WORK

Why An "ALL OR NOTHING" Mindset Doesn't Work

"I go all in! I either just eat healthy and exercise or I don't, I can't do both..."

If you have this mindset and don’t get the results that you want I can guarantee you that your results are not based on your diet, it’s not your coach’s fault. Nothing of this need to change, what need to change is YOUR mindset.

 

 

Because going ALL in for a period of time will not give you long-term sustainable results.

 

By telling yourself that you you will go back to “nothing” again after being “all in” you are already putting it out there. You haven’t made a change and you are going towards failure.

Failure is only when you stop trying

You don’t go ALL in to your relationship for a month and then you don’t give a ship about your partner for the next month. 

 

Your relationship wouldn’t last.

 

Just like your routines and diet habits wouldn’t last with that attitude and mindset. 

Change your mindset

Instead of thinking “I am either good at it or I am not”. Think, “I can learn to do anything I want”

 

You want to be all in for Everything, ALL the time. All in for taking care of your health, your loved ones, your house, your hobbies and entertainment. 

 

Community

Surround yourself with like-minded people.

Sign up for a group fitness gym. 

Get help from a personal trainer, nutritionist, a health coach. 

You don’t have to do it alone when you can get the support and help from a group of like minded people. 

 

That is how you get long-term results!

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BENEFITS OF EXERCISING

BENEFITS OF EXERCISING

We all have heard it, we all know it, being physically active is good for us! You might want to exercise to look good but by knowing all the benefits it actually does to your body might give you more reasons to keep going OR to get started! In today’s sedentary society we spend a lot of time sitting down, which is linked with so many chronic diseases which are just getting more and more common in our world. The human body is built to move! The immediate and long-term benefits of physical activity provide clear evidence that the human body is made to move, there is no argument against it! 

 Our Body works as ONE, one thing affects the other and so on. We should strive for a balanced  body in every way to maximize our longevity.

Here is some examples of powerful benefits of moving your body includes:

  • Improved mental functioning
  • Reduce risk and fight anxiety
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Better regulation of blood sugar
  • Improve metabolism
  • Improved immune function
  • Increased muscular strength
  • Better bones and joints health
  • Improved cardio respiratory functioning
  • Increased flexibility
  • Higher quality of sleep
BRAIN

Exercise has shown to reduce the risk of anxiety and improve and fight anxiety. When we exercise our body releases Serotonin which is the number one hormone that stabilizes our mood, our feelings of happiness and well-being. You know serotonin also helps with sleeping and digestion! Being physically active also improves cognitive function and decreases the risk of dementia.

HEART AND LUNGS

Regular exercise strengthens your lungs, your lungs work to exchange oxygen to carbon dioxide. With regular exercise your lungs get stronger and more efficient which helps you to better resist ageing and diseases. 

Exercising also strengthens your heart which means your heart can pump the blood around your body more effectively. This reduces the risk of getting any cardiovascular diseases. By exercising regularly you can increase the levels of the good cholesterol (HDL) in your blood and reduce the bad (LDL). This helps prevent plaque from getting clotted in the arteries which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. 

Also to mention that exercising regularly can significantly reduce risk of high blood pressure and helps lower the blood pressure if it is already high! It is never too late to start moving! 

IMMUNE SYSTEM

Of course being physically active will help us boost our immune system and be more resilient to infections. It is important to note here that over-training by frequent strenuous exercises will do the opposite! Take help from a coach to come up with a good training plan for you! 

DIABETES

This is an important one as well. Being physically active can prevent and help to control diabetes type II. Since the body is resistant to insulin, exercising helps to make your insulin more effective. Because when you exercise your insulin resistance goes down and your cells can use the glucose.

BONES AND MUSCLES

Weight-bearing exercise is the best form of exercising we can do to strengthen our bones. Did you know our bones are a living tissue that also changes over time? It changes in response to the force we place upon it. It is especially important as we get older to keep our bones strong and help to protect against osteoporosis (weakening of the bones). If you have arthritis, exercising helps to increase flexibility and reduce pain and stiffness.

We all know that performing weight-bearing exercises helps to build and strengthen muscles! Isn’t that the main reason for why we are doing it? But our muscles have an important role in the body. They support and protect joints, they give stability, balance and coordination. 

Here’s some consequences of Physical Inactivity

As mentioned earlier – The human body is designed to MOVE. Here are some consequences you may face if you choose to live an inactive life. The hard truth:

  • Loss of bone density
  • Stiffening of joints
  • Weakening of muscles
  • Weakening of the heart and lungs
  • Degeneration of the cellular energy systems 
  • Increase risk of cardiovascular diseases
  • Increase risk of chronic diseases
  • Reduced calorie burning 
  • Decrease Lipase (an enzyme that assist with the breakdown of fats)
  • Obesity

BRAIN