Improve your mood for the next 12 hours of your life.

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A quick look into the effect of exercise on your mood.

I have spoken about the motivation to exercise/train regularly in other blogs, and the correlation between drive and aesthetic based goals. However I also want to encourage you to consider other factors that can be a huge influence as to why you should train and the benefits you can achieve by doing so.

For the sake of this particular blog, I wish to make a quick focus on the effect that physical activity has on your brain with particular reference to mood and the effects on depression.

When you exercise or participate in regular physical activity (the key being on the word regular) your body will release chemicals called endorphins.

Endorphins are neurotransmitters which pass along signals from one neuron to another. They are made in the pituitary gland, sections of the spinal cord and the brain. They mainly interact with the receptors in cells in the region of your brain that can block pain and control emotion, by having an analgesic effect, in turn helping you to combat potential stress.

Accordingly to a recent study (university of Vermont, USA) a mere 20 minute session can be enough to elevate your mood for up to 12 hours! In some cases exercise has been proven to be as effective as medication for treating depression.

Imagine how you would benefit in all aspects of your own life if your mood was lifted for the next 12 hours? What would you tackle differently? How would you and others around you benefit? Would you see things differently? Would others see you differently?

Depression or mood swings can very often be linked to feelings of not having control in life. If an individual starts to take control of their body, they may in turn start to control other aspects of their live.

It would be wrong of me to suggest that exercise can solve or cure all things to all people, as we are all very complicated individuals. However, what I am suggesting is by starting with small regular bouts of physical activity you certainly begin to elevate your mindset to a greater place to help tackle any issues in your way.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, if you found it useful please like and share with others.

Exercise is your friend,

Tristan

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