Exercise has been an intricate part of everyone’s lives for so long now, whether you like it or not. If you aren’t running, you are walking and if you’re not walking; you are skipping. If you are not skipping, you are cycling, rowing or jumping. Many of us love to dance and do athletics. Many of us like to play sports, which involves some form of cardiovascular exercise. There are also those of us who enjoy a good workout with either core and weights.
Exercise decrease the effects of anxiety and depression making these conditions easier to manage on a daily basis and it is clinically proven to increase our productivity by 10% as it makes us happier and more focused, less stressed with better ability to concentrate, due to all those good endorphins and healthy doses of serotonin pumping through our bodies.
If you don’t know what serotonin is, then let me tell you. According to www.medicalnewstoday.com:
Serotonin is a chemical that has a wide variety of functions in the human body. It is sometimes called the happy chemical, because it contributes to well-being and happiness. The scientific name for serotonin is 5-hydroxytryptamine, or 5-HT. It is mainly found in the brain, bowels, and blood platelets. Serotonin transmits messages between the nerve cells, it plays a massive part in our well-being and happiness. As the predecessor for the chemical called melatonin, it is used to help regulate the body’s sleep-wake cycles and the body’s internal clock. It helps to regulate your appetite, keep your emotions in check, and motor, autonomic and cognitive functions. It performs a key role in sustaining a balanced mood. Low serotonin levels have been linked to depression and anxiety.
I personally can’t remember what it was like to not exercise as I have exercised in one way or another all of my life. It wasn’t however until the year 2008 that exercise helped change my life. Due to circumstances out of my control 8 years prior to the year 2008 I had become depressed and had had a nervous breakdown. Exercise became a massive part of my daily life support system and ritual and for that I am truly grateful. These circumstances behind the depression and the nervous breakdown I had will be discussed in my book which will be out in august along with the support system put together to get me out of depression and living as a happy, healthy function human being within society again.
Exercise balances hormones, and helps restabilise chemical imbalances in the brain. The down side to it is that unless you exercise everyday your hormones will become unbalanced again and the chemicals in your brain will end up becoming unstable again due to the lack of serotonin in the body.
If you look at some of the most successful people of our time you will find that they have daily exercise routines and they eat reasonably healthy. I for one am truly grateful to be able to exercise and reek the benefits of exercise as my life would not be the same without it. ©
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