MENTAL BENEFITS OF EXERCISE

It's common knowledge that anyone who exercises and lives an active lifestyle profits physically from it, but do we know what the effects of exercise are on the brain? According to the American Psychological Association, the link between exercise and mood is a strong one; “Usually within five minutes after moderate exercise you get a mood-enhancement effect.” Research has proven exercise to be a great anti-depressant for those who suffer from clinical depression because of the release of serotonin and dopamine. It has also been linked to the treatment and prevention of anxiety as well as improving quality of sleep, which has indisputable brain benefits! Furthermore, exercise heightens one's capability to endure daily life stressors. According to Michael Otto, PhD,  a professor of psychology at Boston University, “exercise may be a way of biologically toughening up the brain so stress has less of a central impact.” 

A benefit to strength training is that it decreases tension and worry in both mind and body.As if you needed any more reasons to come workout with us, know that even when you don’t see physical changes there are many hidden advantages our body is gaining thanks to those tough WODs  your Coaches prescribe. GET YOUR MENTAL HEALTH ON! =)