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Last Updated Sunday August 20 2017 07:48 AM IST

Did you know regular exercises could enhance your mental health? Read this

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Exercise

The contemporary lifestyle not only sickens the body but the mind too. It is observed that those who pursue an easy and lazy lifestyle have more mental problems compared to those who work hard. Three kinds of mental problems are commonly observed: Depression, Anxiety and Schizophrenia.

These problems can be resisted in the four ways:

1. Early prevention before the condition occurs

2. Find ways to enhance mental health.

3. Get treatment.

4. Improve the quality of life.

Exercises have a very significant role to play in all these four factors.

Exercise - brain connection

Four neuro transmitters, produced by the brain, play key roles in one’s mental health. They are Endorphins, Dopamine, Norepinephrine and Serotonin. These factors are essential for a healthy mind. Endorphin helps relieve pain. They enhance the production of chemicals in body.

Another important brain chemical named Serotonin is responsible for maintaining the mood balance. It plays vital role in inducing sleep and hunger. The Serotonin content will be low in people suffering from depression.

Dopamine and Norepinephrine has a major role in connecting the functions of the brain and the body. They induce blood flow to the brain and enable the bodily functions. These neuro transmitters are stimulated during work outs.

Adrenaline is another hormone produced during work outs. It is a stress hormone. The real purpose of work outs is to balance this hormone. Excess or low adrenaline level is equally harmful. This hormone is meant to equip the body for fight-or-flight response.

Enjoy your work outs

Exercises bring qualitative changes in people suffering from mental health issues. Experts say that proper exercises can bring more positive results in such patients than medicines.

It is important to choose the exercises with prudence when the purpose is for enhancing mental health. One thing to remember is that no work out will do any good to you unless you enjoy doing it. Because, this consists of a play of chemicals in the mind. If you cannot enjoy the work outs you are doing, it is not going to benefit you even though it is said to be great stimulators of the neuro transmitters of the brain. If you can’t find out what exercises are best for you, do an experiment with one by one from the list and find out. Such exercises must be capable of relieving you from the stress of daily life at least for a while. It is also good to invite a favorite partner when you work out.

In case you are not interested in doing any sort of exercise, at least take a stroll around for 10 minutes or water the plants in the courtyard. If the patient does not like any of these, an intimate friend can lure him or her into doing exercise by wise and loving interactions.

When should you work out?

Although studies indicate morning as the ideal time to do exercises, our disposition and convenience are to be considered seriously. So, time is not an important factor. Doing it daily - that is important. Because problems a person faces each day may differ from the other. Problems may also vary from person to person. Some issues will prevent the person from doing exercises. It is possible that due to taxing work schedule on certain days, one might feel indisposed to work out. Besides, one can be affected by laziness too. But, most of these hurdles can be overcome by doing exercises. Even when you feel too tired, do not step back from doing exercise for at least 15 minutes a day - you will definitely get the benefit. Likewise, even though certain problems can hinder you from doing exercises, remember that exercises can help you face and overcome challenges.

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