For most of us the thought of working out and eating healthy just seems hard and sometimes impossible.
At the end of this blog, couch potatoes of all ages will change the way they feel about exercise and eating right (hopefully).
Exercise and eating well can completely transform your life. In this blog you will find out the benefits of exercise and eating good food. It includes a few tips and tricks to help you make a few changes to your lazy habits. After all your health is your wealth!
As a college student I personally struggle with stress; stress from juggling studies and work etc. One of the ways of coping with stress is exercise! Yes, exercise. Exercise can reduce fatigue which in turn improves alertness and concentration which comes in handy when you lose energy due to stress.
Exercise releases endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters found in the pituitary gland and the nervous system.
Endorphins are made in the spinal cord and the brain. Endorphins relieve the perception of pain and bind to the neuron receptors that some pain medications bind to. Endorphins induce positive feelings similar to those brought about by morphine. Sudden bursts of endorphins can cause the feeling of euphoria.
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You may experience this feeling after a run! Studies prove that exercise can help battle anxiety and depression.
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The graph shows that after a run the levels of happiness and euphoria have significantly increased compared to that at rest.
Now this does not mean that whenever you are stressed you should be spending hours at the gym! Exercise can be in any form. It can be yoga, a walk, a run or just a short session of high intensity exercises like weight lifting.
Next time you feel all stressed out and flustered just go for a walk or engage in any form of physical activity and I promise, you will feel a thousand times better!
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