Exercise vs. Stress
By: Ryan Turner
Ever feel depressed, stressed out and lacking confidence?
Well, exercise is the medicine you’ve been looking for. Research has shown that physical activities are a powerful but often neglected cure for mild to moderate depression. Exercise releases chemical in your brain called “Endorphins”. These chemicals interact with receptors in the human brain that trigger positive feelings in the body comparable to the satisfaction one gets from feeding an addiction. It also reduces a person’s awareness to pain. Endorphins are produced by the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system is a communication network that sends signals back and forth between the brain and the receptors in certain areas of the body.
The central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord. Its purpose is to process information received from the peripheral nervous system (PNS). PNS is a congregation of nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord that send commands to specific organs. The spinal cord is the link between the brain and the nerves in the rest of your body. The spinal cord helps you move and allows you to feel hot and cold temperatures, vibrations, as well as sharp and dull surfaces.
The pituitary gland is a pea size body attached to the base of the brain and is responsible for the growth and development of the other endocrine glands. Since the mind and body are connected as one, it’s easy to see why emotions such as stress, depression, anxiety, and lack of self-confidence leave the body feeling tired and weak.
An hour a day of exercise can change your life tremendously. The benefits to regular exercise included: sharper brain function, stress reduction, alleviation from depression and anxiety, boost in self-esteem, better sleep, help to control addictions (drugs & alcohol), inspiration for creativity and after you get results, inspiring others. If you’re not already on a strict exercise regimen and feel as though you need to make some changes in your life, go to your local gym and seek professional help from a trainer, or join group classes to get into a comfortable daily routine that will ensure a happier healthier lifestyle.