THE MIND BODY CONNECTION
There is a close relationship between how the mind works, the function of the brain; and physical fitness. Exercise has immediate and long-lasting benefits for the brain. Both ‘feel good’ and stress hormones are influenced by the activity levels of the body.
An imbalance of feel good hormones, and/or stress hormones, have been linked to many mental health problems and personality disorders. The good thing about exercise is that all you need to do is find an activity that you enjoy. Anyone, at any stage of their life, can exercise to improve themselves physically and mentally.
Feel good hormones, such endorphins, dopamine and serotonin, are all immediately increased during exercise. This results in improved; moods, outlook on life, ability to shift and maintain focus, improved long term memory; and general reaction rates.
Positive Changes to your lifestyle and activity levels can make these effects long-lasting because exercise changes the anatomy, physiology and function of the brain. Exercise also affects stress hormones, such as adrenaline, cortisol and noradrenaline. The body’s ability to manage, control and utilise stress hormones are improved with regular exercise.