Everyone knows the benefits of exercise for your physical health. It can reduce the risk of illnesses like heart and lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, cancer as well as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Something that is often forgotten about is exercise’s ability to improve your mental health as well. We train because we want a better body but we should also be training for a stronger and sharper mental state
Exercise can make you feel better, even if you’re feeling okay. In your brain, exercise stimulates chemicals that improve your mood and the parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning.
Exercise makes you feel good because it releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that improve your mood. Exercise also helps improves your sleep, which is important in many different ways. If you exercise regularly, it can reduce your stress and symptoms of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, and help with recovery from mental health issues.
Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which means greater oxygen and nutrient supply. This helps with mental sharpness. It increases the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory. It also increases the connections between the nerve cells in the brain. This improves your memory and helps protect your brain against injury and disease.
It can also get you out in the world, help to reduce any feelings of loneliness and isolation, and put you in touch with other people. As many members have attested, Hammer’s Gym is a very social and friendly place to train. It’s like a big fitness family, making it the perfect place to feel plugged in to a great community.
Australian Government guidelines recommend adults do at least 30 minutes of moderate to intensive physical activity on most or all days of the week. Get that done by hitting Hammer’s gym today!