We were all there before a hard day at work, in school, with the kids. We’re mentally and physically tired, but still excel in moving and getting to the workout room. Why are we? Why should we? And after an indoor cycling lesson, an hour of kickboxing or a demanding weight workout, we know how better. We are rebuilding, rejuvenating and revitalising truly changing.
Obviously there’s an exercise-brain interaction, but what is it? What causes such drastic mood, mental wellbeing and memory changes after a workout?
Simply put, as you lace, this is the transition in biochemistry in the brain. The human brain consists of cells known as neurons of which 100 billion are cells which transmit chemical signals and allow the environment to be interpreted, both inside and outside. These chemical signals, known as neurotransmissions, are responsible for how you feel, think and act. Around 100 neurotransmitters act for a wide range of functions in the brain, but two forms of neurotransmitters endorphins and serotonin in particular are responsible for making you feel so good when doing your workout. Training is a great relief of tension, too.
If you are engaging in some endurance exercise, beginning with a vigorous sprint or a trot on the treadmill, and endorphins, the neurotransmitters responsible for what some call the ‘runner’s high, are released from your mind. But why are endorphins leaving us bathed in calm afternoon when we pump our heart? The body’s inner painkiller is endorphins. Therefore endorphins leave you feel joy instead of feeling pain.
It gives us a feeling of well-being. But serotonin encourages pleasure in itself, unlike endorphins, which initially block pain to make fun. In reality, research indicates that some people suffer from a lack of brain serotonin due to depression. That is another reason why the most common antidepressant drugs currently prescribed work through the pumping of more serotonin into the brain.
However, the synthesis of serotonin is a non-pharmacological process. Research demonstrated that physical activity can increase the level of serotonin in the brain. One of the most potential approaches for raising serotonin levels in the brain included exercise in a research paper published in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience.
But aerobic exercise is not only capable of alleviating depressive symptoms. In recent years, strength training – ranging from exercises in body weight and resistor to free-weight exercises to devices – have also shown progress in mental wellbeing and the prevalence of depressive disorder.
Of course, it is more than a nice truth to learn the inner workings of the brain in exercise. You can be a strong force to get you to the gym on those days where you want to miss it. You now know that exercising helps change your mood.