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How exercise affects your brain


How exercise affects your brain

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Four years ago I lost my dad, it’s the first time I truly lost my loved one. At the same time my seven year relationship ended, it was a big hit for me. If it’s the old me In probably went back to drinking and smoking but I’ve changed for the better. I didn’t want to just eat all day and felt guilty after it either, I wanted to get out of this miserable, depressed state. So, I started weight training. I was doing exercise here and there but not really as a lifestyle. I’ve noticed that after I sweat it out, I feel so much better. I thought this was amazing! Not only I feel good about myself, but my body started to look better as well.

In our modern society these days, people stress a lot about their life, relationships, financial situation, work etc. I believe exercise is the easiest and cheapest way to help you reduce stress so, I’ve started to study more how exercise can make you happy. Have you ever noticed why after you exercise, sweat it out at the gym, you feel better afterwards? That’s because exercise is good for your brain, not just for your body. Let’s say if you want to build your glutes, you have to flex them. Believe it or not getting busy working your glutes will also train your brain to get stronger. It increases yourd heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain.

When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. The University of California, says that exercise increases growth factors in the brain which makes it easier for the brain to grow new neuronal connections. Yes, there are billions of neurones in our brain like a spiders web and they can keep growing! Sounds very scientific? Let me explain to you in a very simple way.

Some days you feel like you could kill someone at work. Sometimes you think your world is collapsing, or you can’t seem to stop eating. But then the next day you feel like you’re on top of the world, then you ask yourself – what’s happening? You don’t seem to understand yourself sometimes, well that might be because of the chemicals in your brain (hormones) are playing games with you. These are chemicals in your brain that can make you happy or not so, if you have less.


It releases during pleasurable situation, it motivates you, when you feel unmotivated that’s because the dopamine level is very low. There’s this experiment, they switch off brain receptors in rats which reduce their dopamine levels, slowly the rats stop moving and just want to eat cheese. So next time you lose motivation and just want to sit in front of TV and eat your favourite ice cream, put on your sneakers and go for a walk. Because exercise can increase your dopamine level, so you can get your motivation back


Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilises our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. This hormone impacts your entire body. Serotonin also helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion. When you feel sad, depressed or frustrated that might be because your serotonin is low that’s why anti depression medicine focus to help you increase serotonin. Studies have shown that exercise can help you increase serotonin.

Norepinephrine (or noradrenaline)

Helps with your attention, focus. High norepinephrine = sharp focus, low norepinephrine = dull and blah. Sometimes when I’m blocked, instead of sitting in front of my laptop, I’ll go to the gym and sweat it out. When I come back I
can be more creative.


Source: Expat Life Thailand

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