Now that you have been working out for a little while, you may be experiencing that up, energized, nearly high feeling during and after your workout.  Know what’s really going on there?  Here is a simple, and surprising breakdown of the benefits to your brain when you exercise!

You feel energized!  It only takes 30 minutes of vigorous exercise for your brain to emit endorphins and dopamine.  Yes, the same things your brain generates when you are in love!  The more often you exercise, the more energized you will feel!

You feel happy!  This is partially caused by endorphins and dopamine, but exercise also stimulates the production of serotonin in the brain.  It is a time tested, doctor recommended aid in conquering depression!

You sleep better!  Exercise causes the production of L-Tryptophan.  I know we all think we only get this from copious amounts of turkey at Thanksgiving, but the fact is there are healthier ways to achieve this!  L-Tryptophan in turn stimulates the production of melatonin.  Aside from wearing yourself out, you’re giving yourself a great dose of natural sleep aids, so sleep tight!

Your memory and mental acuity get better!  Exercise stimulates neurogenesis, or the creation of new neurons in your brain.  This process is proven to help memory at all ages, so it’s never too late to get started!

You become more committed to eating healthy!  No exercise program works if you can’t get away from the fast food drive through, but as you start to feel your accomplishments and the healthy habits of the people around you begin to rub off on you, you will eat healthier.  You will even find yourself craving healthy foods, and eventually your healthy habits will, in turn, rub off on the people around you.

Your self esteem goes WAY up!  Feeling a little sore?  GREAT!  That’s YOUR accomplishment!  No one can take that away from you, ever, feel free to give yourself a huge pat on the back!  We have never heard anyone tell us that they are so bummed that they worked out.  So do something for you that results in huge benefits on every level!

Don’t know where to get started?  Stop at the front desk, and we can help you!

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