Have you ever wondered what exercise has to offer outside of the physical world? Have you ever asked yourself what exercise does for your brain? I’m sure we have all heard the quote from the famous, Legally Blonde herself, Elle Woods, saying “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands.” According to science, when we exercise, we are in fact increasing the levels of neurotransmitters, essentially increasing our moods and relieving stress. When we experience stress, that stress releases a chemical, cortisol, which is very harmful towards our muscles and our gainz.
The director of strategy and program at the Center for Brain Health Brain Performance Institute, Dianna Purvis Jaffin, quotes: “What benefits the body benefits the brain. You are not a separate brain walking around on top of a body.” In the article, How Workouts Give Your Brain A Boost by Kristen Domonell, they identify the three brain benefits of exercise, those being: boost your mental fitness, banish stress for good, and age with grace. Take a read and see what your brain has to think of these!
-Coach Tara Heck