Updated: Sep 14
When you exercise, your heart increases the blood flow throughout your body and helps create more brain cells. This brain can learn, process and retain more information, more effectively and the scientific research backs this up.
Exercise also increases the amount of dopamine and serotonin produced in your brain. Dopamine and serotonin help you learn and memorise and reduce symptoms of depression as they help regulate emotions and behaviour.
When your dopamine and serotonin levels are out of whack, you are more likely to become anxious and depressed. Often less motivated to learn, and your brain will struggle to remember the information and skills that you have learned. By exercising regularly, you are putting yourself in top learning condition – happy, healthy and focussed.
Easy steps to getting started
The recommendation is that adults do between 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
To start with the exercise should be light. For example, a 20-minute walk, and then gradually increase the duration and intensity like to a 40-minute jog or boxing session.
If you do not enjoy working out alone, recruit some friends to exercise with you or join a sports team, dance class or a gym class and make more friends.
Being with friends while you exercise will increase your enjoyment of it and will encourage you to stick at it.
Regular exercise is a habit that has lots of positives. The sooner you start, the sooner you'll benefit so why not start today?
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