Sweat, heat, blisters, timers, weights, water queues – these are just a few of the issues people raise when considering the undertaking of any kind of exercise. However, there are far more benefits to regular exercise than one may realise; just 30 minutes of exercise can stimulate the brain to release “fun chemicals” such as Serotonin, Endorphins, and Dopamine. These chemicals are released because your body needs exercise, even if your conscious brain despises the thought.
You may be wondering what makes these chemicals so fun. Let’s take a closer look!
Is a neurotransmitter; a chemical that helps relay messages from one cell to the next. Of the approximately 40 million brain cells we have, most are influenced either directly or indirectly by serotonin. This includes brain cells related to mood, sexual desire and function, appetite, sleep, memory and learning, temperature regulation, and some social behaviour. A large amount of research investigates the link between imbalanced serotonin levels and depression.
These are chemicals which interact with the receptors in our brain by reducing our perception of pain. Their release is often associated with a euphoric sense of wellbeing after completing a moderate amount of exercise; this is also known as the “runners high” but applies to all kinds of exercise. With the influx of endorphins, a person’s outlook on life becomes more energised and positive.
Also known as our “motivation molecule”, the neurotransmitter Dopamine boosts our drive, focus and concentration. It even accentuates our feelings of accomplishment when we achieve a goal.
Even knowing this, sometimes it can be difficult to get started and commit to a regular exercise routine. Here are a few methods of ensuring that you maintain daily exercise (and then get a release of those delicious fun chemicals!):