Once you know this, you can't unknow it.
The Science of Exercise
We all know why we should exercise but instead many of us feel it's a chore. But it doesn't have to be. Movement can empower you and can be a source of joy. When we understand this and experience the feeling, we fall in love with movement.
My Science studies many years ago have been in valuable in helping me with my research in how exercise and the relative benefits this brings can help our mind. (I also have a huge passion in Psychological Science)
Scientists have found that whenever we move a muscle (anywhere in our body), we produce something called 'hope molecules'. In escence we are creating hope through movement and that you only have to move for 3 minutes! Yes! Only 3 minutes.
According to research, if you move for as little as 3 minutes, it increases energy and optimism primarily by increasing adrenaline and dopamine. So you don't even have to break a sweat to have this change in your brain chemistry and your hormones. Anything that gets your heart rate up a little, that uses some energy and muscles in any part of your body is enough. The increase in adrenaline and dopamine you experience will make you feel more motivated and more energised. It will make you feel hopeful, and more confident.
On the other hand if you move for 20 minutes something so powerful happens in your brain that enhances motivation, energy and pleasure. When you access this through exercise, it can lead to a real profound reset in your mindset.
You are not required to run a marathon or do any form of strenuous exercise. Any movement works.
Movement and exercise is so important for our physical and mental health. We need exercise for feeling in control and connected, comfortable, happy, and confident in our bodies. When you embrace fitness into your lifestyle, you’ll feel more energized than ever. You will also realise that exercise helps us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage. Once you know this, you can't unknow it.
And when you think you are too old to exercise, think again. This is the time when it’s most important that you do. This is the time that you continue to move your entire body. As people age, they tend to lose muscle mass and function, which can lead to an increased risk of injury. Practicing regular physical activity helps reducing muscle loss and maintaining strength, creating healthy challenges for your muscles and brain. Whether you are forty, fifty, or older, it's imperative that you exercise.
Invest in yourself. Get out of the comforts of "I cannot", "I do not want to" and "it's too difficult".
So remember, whenever we move a muscle (anywhere in our body), we produce something called hope molecules.
We are creating hope through movement and that you only have to move for 3 minutes!
'Hope Molecules' anyone?