Exercise: The Many Benefits of Moving the Body

The psychological benefits of regular exercise cannot be overemphasized. Any kind of exercise can help you to balance your body systems. Moreover, exercise can naturally give us what some drugs try to accomplish, elevating certain brain amines that make us feel happier and more energetic. Most of us are aware of studies that prove brain endorphins are released after a certain amount of sustained exercise, creating a feeling of invigoration and well-being. (Marathon runners seem particularly susceptible, experiencing euphoric, altered states of consciousness while they run. The subject of exercise spawns all kinds of controversy and seemingly contradictory information. Ten years ago we were told that exercise was only effective if you exercised for 30 to 40 minutes, 3 to 4 times a week at 70 to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate. We are discovering that for sedentary people, minimal exercise such as a leisurely stroll or gardening can be very beneficial and should be strongly encouraged. Views are also emerging on how much time we should spend exercising. Research now indicates that three ten minute bursts of exercise can be just as good as a thirty minute session.
Exercise and DepressionIn light of its connection to the biochemical makeup of the brain, exercise can be an effective tool for fighting depression. Simply exercising will help lift your spirits. Learning to walk briskly every day or to jog at a moderate pace not only eases the blues, it provides untold physical benefits as well. Vigorous regular exercise can help releive insomnia, poor appetite, irritability and anxiety, all symptoms that usually accompany depression. In her book, Depression and Natural Medicine, Rita Elkins writes:
Exercise and Stress ManagementUnderstandably, if you are experiencing high stress levels, exercising is the last thing you feel like doing. Frequently, when we feel stressed we want to withdraw, not only socially but physically as well. Did you know that some health care experts believe that becoming too sedentary creates stress itself? Numerous studies have discovered that breaking out of a lethargic life-style¨forcing yourself to move¨results in more positive thoughts. Even seemingly minor, low-impact exercise like walking around the block can release tension and create desirable neurochemical changes in the brain. The psychological and physical benefits of regular exercise cannot be overemphasized. All kinds of exercise can help alleviate nervous tension. For this reason, you need to select the type of exercise that you will like and will do on a regular basis. Brisk walking is, perhaps, the perfect form of exercise. While you're walking, you can think about methods to unravel the tangled web of stress that dominates your life. Exercise can be a marvelous release and can promote better relaxation and sleep. In light of its connection to the biochemical makeup of the brain, exercise can be an effective tool for alleviating and managing stress. More than any other factor, though, exercise is very inexpensive and helps to control weight and create fitness.

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