The Importance of Exercise from a Psychological Perspective

The simple act of going on a walk can have stupefying benefits in combating stress and improving one’s memory. Other benefits include improving mood and sleep, supporting one’s mental health, and reducing high blood pressure.

The American Psychological Association stated that exercising consistently can increase norepinephrine in the brain. Norepinephrine is a hormone that functions in the brain and body it is also a neurotransmitter that is a chemical messenger that transmits signals transversely synapse (nerve cell). This neurotransmitter is connected to the body’s stress response.

Psychologists believe that since a higher concentration of norepinephrine occurs when exercising, it can effectively combat the symptoms of stress. The body and mind can manage stress effectively with exercise. To elaborate on the communication within one’s body will help reduce stress; controlled by the nervous system, the cardiovascular system communicates with the muscular system.

Additionally working out (elevating heartbeat) can stimulate chemicals in the brain this contributes to the growth of new brain cells. Numerous studies note that the cerebrum, a part of the brain that controls thinking and reading, is larger in size and stronger in individuals who exercise.

The NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) reported that fitness is correlated with ‘functional independence’ formally defined as the “ability to carry out activities of daily living safely.” This includes mobility and psychological health.

Exercising daily can improve one’s quality of life. A routine in place can work towards combating diseases, one being depression.

There are many stressors that Americans face daily such as money 62% and work 61%. On a larger scale, Americans have many fears about the nation (including our current political climate), other fears include healthcare 43%, economy 35%, and hate crimes 31%. These stressors contribute to individuals and their overall health, as stress symptoms include muscle tension, headaches, and chest pains.

In conclusion, regular exercise can act as a catalyst for combating an array of diseases that can impact one’s physical and mental health. Lastly, it is important to note that exercise can be yoga, running, or participating in a sport as long as it gets you moving.

Works Cited

(n.d.). Exercise Fuels the Brain’s Stress Buffers. Retrieved from
https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/exercise-stress

Godman, H. (2018, April 5). Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory, thinking skills. Retrieved from
https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/regular-exercise-changes-brain-improve-memory-th inking-skills-201404097110

M. (n.d.). Level of functional independence. Retrieved from
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Warburton, D. E. R., Nicol, C. W., & Bredin, S. S. D. (2006, March 14). Health benefits of physical activity: the evidence. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1402378/

Article by: Alexis Takagi

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