Why Exercise Boosts Mental Performance and Wellbeing

Your daily workouts make you feel balanced. They also act to naturally relieve stress, and the challenge of reaching new fitness goals is motivating. Whether your preferred routine is yoga mixed with cardio bursts or a long run in the fresh air, there’s no denying that working up a good sweat and getting your heart rate up is essential to staying in top form. But research shows it can also help your brain perform better, too, and is a key part of overall wellbeing. Here’s why. 

INTENSE WORKOUTS BOOST MEMORY AND MENTAL PERFORMANCE

Enjoy reaching for your new personal best? Pushing yourself a little harder to reach higher levels of physical fitness also benefits your memory and mental performance, as it turns out. Researchers at the University of British Columbia recently proved that regular, intense aerobic exercise—the type that gets your heart really pumping and that makes you sweat—increases the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls verbal memory and learning*.  So to maximise your performance at work or to conquer that next mental challenge, intense exercise is your friend. 

EXERCISE REINFORCES WELLBEING AND EMOTIONAL BALANCE

In addition to keeping your mind and memory sharp, studies show that a regular fitness routine also contributes to a sense of wellbeing and emotional balance**.  In one study, people who exercised more frequently had more positive attitudes, reduced stress and anxiety and generally improved moods**. 
 
To make the experience of exercise even more rewarding, try listening to music while working out, or team up with a friend to keep each other on track toward your fitness milestones, while enjoying the company and conversation. You know that motivation is always key to achieving goals. 

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