Physical Fitness - The Key to Unlocking a Sound Psyche
In the past with a few posts, we have shown you the advantages of physical exercise on the body. For instance, the importance of activities to improve your cardiovascular health, to avoid or manage increased blood sugar levels and maintain blood pressure, etc. Today, let us focus on the importance of exercise on your mental health.
Mental illness and health are mostly shy or hush-hush topics in India. As per WHO, 56 million suffer from depression and 38 million suffer from anxiety disorders which are the two most common form of mental illnesses which sadly, are also the most overlooked. And that is quite a staggering number. Given the gravity of the situation, we suggest you follow a fitness routine regularly to avoid and manage mental illness and health.
Researches have proved that with regular physical exercise, body secrets and releases chemicals which combat the effects of depression, anxiety and other sorts of mental illness. Although initially, these chemicals are released to coup with the perceived physical strain on the body, the effects are vital for the normal function of the human body and behavior. So, let us deep dive into these chemicals which are released in the body during and post physical exercises and also understand the effect they have on our psyche.
It is popularly called the happy drug as the release of this chemical makes you experience happiness. On the other hand, lower levels of dopamine result in depression schizophrenia, and psychosis. At times, medical professionals will prescribe the dopamine as a part of treatment, but it is naturally secreted in the body post an effective workout which is highly suggested and recommended.
Serotonin is a chemical which is secreted during the physical exercise, which makes you feel good about your performance. It is a signal from the targetted muscles to the brain that they are achieving their peak performance as a result of the workout. It is known to address depression and anxiety disorders.
Anyone spending at least 15 min on the treadmill or a jog have experienced a euphoria. This feeling is due to the secretion of endorphins in the body. These are chemicals that are released by the body to compensate for the stress induced during the workout with pleasure. This chemical is known to cure depression.
Glutamate & Gama Amino Butyric Acid (GABA)
These chemicals are known to improve nerve cell activity in the information processing part of the part, thus providing more focus and ability to think clearly. These chemicals are known to combat PTSD and mood disorders.
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)
BDNF is known to protect the nerve cells or neurons. This enables the brain to receive and transmit information more efficiently thus combating depression-like conditions.
You can see how important the natural release of these chemicals are to your body and mind. Well, you don’t have to do anything extra. You need to focus on your physical exercise routine, and by doing so, you are not just taking care of your body, but also your mind!.