HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND

HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND Check out a beautifully written blog that one of our patients wrote about the psychological benefits of exercise… if you find yourself in a similar situation please do not hesitate to contact us.   Healthy body, healthy mind We’ve all heard the phrase and most likely dismissed it as nothing more than a cliche. But studiesare mounting that show the direct benefits of exercise on mental health. Whilst the benefits of exercise on physical health are obvious to most of us, the benefits on mental health go almost unrecognised. Firstly, there are the short-term chemical repercussions experienced by the body after exercise. Let’s start with endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters – chemicals that pass signals through your body. They act as your body’s own private narcotic, responsible for pleasure and lifting your mood. Endorphins reward you and encourage you to go after that good thing again. This means that not only does exercise make you happy, it encourages you to exercise more and chase those fuzzy feelings! Exercise may also lead to increased levels of norepinephrine – a chemical linked to the body’s response to stress. Norepinephrine is similar to adrenaline and plays a role in a person’s mood and ability to concentrate. Conditions such as ADHD and depression have been linked to low levels of norepinephrine. So, frequent exercise could lead to increased concentration levels. The psychological benefits of exercise can also be felt on a long-term basis. For example, regular workouts might help people prone to anxiety become less likely to panic. Exercise and panic produce similar physical reactions such as heavy perspiration and increased heart rate. Regular exercise can act almost like exposure treatment; by regularly experiencing these physical reactions in a positive environment, anxiety sufferers...