You know that a good workout can help transform your body. Have you, however, thought about how that activity is shaping your brain, too? There are a number of ways that getting moving can shape your brain. Here are just a few.
- Pleasure: After you workout, your body releases dopamine, the same feel-good chemical it releases when you fall in love or hit the jackpot while gambling.
- Happiness: In addition to the pleasure feeling you get, working out also increases your brain’s levels of serotonin, noradrenalin, neurohormone, and endorphin, all of which have been shown to boost your mood.
- Focus: Aerobic exercise has been shown to strengthen your prefrontal cortex, which helps you maintain focus and enhance attention.
- Brain Health: When you work out, you promote angiogenesis, or the growth of new blood vessels in your brain. This brings more oxygen to your brain, making it easier for you to do just about everything, from feeling to thinking to seeing to moving.