Exercise Your Mind at the Gym

Most people think you workout only to get in shape. But what about exercising for your mind? Going to the gym can help boost your brainpower! You can’t deny that exercise is great for your body, so here are a few more reasons to spend some quality time at the gym.

1. Exercise makes you more productive.

Exercise causes an increase of blood flow, which results in the brain receiving more oxygen. When you have more oxygen in your brain, you are more awake, more attentive, and have more energy. According to Todd A. Astorino, an assistant professor of kinesiology at California State University-San Marcos, “It is clear that those who are active and who exercise are much more productive at work.” Exercise gives you more energy to get more work done.

2. Exercise sharpens your thinking and improves your memory.

Exercise improves the brain’s general ability to remember. Physical activity stimulates regions in the brain that are connected to memory and attention. If you exercise right before studying or learning something new, you have a better chance of remembering it.

3. Exercise reduces stress.

Stressed out? Take a short 15-minute break from studying to workout. You’ll be refreshed and ready to go again. Experts say that exercise produces a relaxation response that will distract you and clear your mind, so you’ll be ready to focus and do your work.

4. Exercise improves your mood.

During physical activity, the brain releases endorphins. These “feel good” chemicals cause you to be in a better mood — this is where the term “runner’s high” comes from. Also, after a workout your muscles and body will feel more relaxed, easing your tension and stress. Bottom line is, after exercising, most people generally feel happier.

So exercise is beneficial not only for your physical health, but for your mental health, too. Even something as simple as a short walk can increase your energy, improve your productivity, and relieve stress! Exercise gives you the “brain benefits” you need to improve not only your overall well-being, but also your grades.

By Melina Martino

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