“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” — Elle Woods from the movie “Legally Blonde.”
Now Elle Woods’ reasoning might sound a little daffy, but she does have a point. Your brain is a complex machine. It operates everything you do. From communicating to your central nervous system, to planning your next visit to the dreaded in-laws, to desiring a new pair of jeans or a date with the office cutie, your brain makes you You. So it is no small wonder that that squidgy, wavy thing requires your careful attention.
Besides wearing a helmet for extreme bicycle riding, the best thing you can do for your noggin is to open the floodgates, so to speak, for positive brain juices (a.k.a., blood, oxygen, and other goodies) to flow freely. David Atkinson, director of program development at Cooper Aerobics says, “Exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity.” This means that with regular exercise, you will experience less mental fog, which likely leads to a more productive day. And what about those restless nights under the sheets? You can kiss that goodbye, because exercise promotes serotonin uptake, which promotes sleep. Yay!
Well, it is no secret that exercise helps with stress. Busting your buns on a stair climber may feel like work at the time, but just wait, because ironically, exercise stimulates a relaxation response that can take your mood from wretched to wonderful. That co-worker you’ve been fuming over might soon seem more laughable than annoying to you. And that mild depression you’ve been struggling with can certainly ease up after a rowing-machine workout
So there we have it. Your brain loves you, now you need to love it back and give it what it really wants. Take your mind off life for a while and put it on a treadmill.
Written by contributing Blogger Christin Mason