The effects of exercise are so powerful, in fact, that some research indicates it could regulate mood as successfully as antidepressants. A 20 min bike ride raises levels of glutamate and GABA, two neurotransmitters that help the brain bounce back from negative emotions, a recent study at the UC Davis Medical Center found.
Doing your routine outdoors may be even better for your mind. Sunlight increases serotonin, which makes you feel happy and awake. Getting active outside also boosts critical thinking: a study in PLO One found that after spending three days in the wild hikers performed 50% better on problem solving tasks. Being in nature allows the prefrontal cortex- the brain command center to dial down and rest, your brain needs it too:)
You know exercise is great for your body and mood. But new research is showing that it can have equally profound effect on your thinking skills. Working out is one of the best things you can do to strengthen your brain 🧠🤛
A single workout stimulates the release of serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline and endorphins and makes you feel calmer and happier. Those effects last for several hours but if you hit the gym regularly they may persist long term.
Exercise trains you to push yourself when your body is telling you to stop and that may helps to remain calm under pressure. Working out also triggers the production of norepinephrine a neurotransmitter that builds the brains resilience to stress.