Is Exercise Good For The Mind?

If you want a quick answer to the title of this blog post then the answer is ‘yes’, but if you want to find out how to exercise in order to feel better, be happier and have a more positive outlook on life then read on.

Of course, everybody knows that exercise is good for the body. It helps to built strength, makes us healthier and makes us live longer, but how can it help with our mood. For a start, if you look and feel physically good then it is bound yo have a positive impact on you mental attitude.

It can often be very difficult to motivate yourself into a regular exercise routine, but once you have got past that initial tough hurdle, you will find that things soon get a lot easier. Also, when you work out, your body releases hormones that actually chemically alter your brain, making you feel happier, more relaxed and just better in general.

Exercise

So what are the best workouts to do?

The key to success is to try and do at least something every day, even if it is just a short 20 minute work out. You do not need expensive gym membership or a personal trainer, just a bit of dedication and the the desire to make a change.

HIIT

One of the best types of exercise which is very popular at the moment is HIIT, which stands for High Intensity Interval Training. This basically means working out as hard as you can for about 30 or 45 seconds and then having a rest for 30 seconds to get your stamina back. If you repeat around 4 or 5 different exercises for up to half and hour every day, you will soon notice a huge difference in both your physical and mental health.

Walking

You may not think of walking as a work out, but anything that you do which gets you moving is working out, and for many walking is the prefect solution. If you do not like the idea of pushing yourself to extremes, a simple stroll once a day can dramatically improve your health. The important thing is to be consistent, and even if you feel like giving it a miss because it’s raining out side, you should push yourself to do it.

Cycling

Hopping on your bike and cycling a few miles every day will soon have an impact on your life. Again, the key is to do it as frequently as you can in order to get into a routine. If you do not have to travel too far into work on a morning, you could try walking or cycling there instead. Not only will you save money on fuel or other transport costs, but you will be doing yourself a huge favour when it comes to your health.