When we talk about the effects of training, we can all be guilty of becoming focused on ultimately one thing: changing how we LOOK.
However, today I wish to quickly encourage you to consider the other factors involved in training with particular focus on changing how you FEEL, not just how you LOOK.
Let’s have a simple look at the effect that physical activity has on your brain, with particular reference to your mood……….
When you exercise or participate in regular physical activity (the key being on the word regular) your body will release chemicals called Endorphins.
Here’s the science bit, I’ll keep it quick because it’s the weekend…………..
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 one 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 & 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 completely 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 that by starting with small regular bouts of physical activity you certainly begin to elevate your mindset to a greater place to help you tackle any issues in your way.
That’s all for today, until the next time,
Tristan ’12 hours’ Buttle.
P.S – If you are unsure about how to get started, give me a shout.