November 17, 2010
Some who read this may be thinking “exercise? Yup.. I do that.. outa the chair to the fridge and back again!”.. conversely a few of my readers are on a first name basis with everyone who runs the gym and I’ll probably get a few emails “Yes.. I told you so! Now, lets go pump you up!” Anyway, back on track…
This week has been a great reminder for me to make sure I have time scheduled into my day, everyday, get out and do something physical exercise wise. Aside from the benefits of helping burn off some calories, there is this amazing process when the focus is taken off of that which may be creating stress or what I’m finding an answer to.. I start to think clearly!
Why? Exercise has a number of other positive benefits you may not be aware of:
- It improves blood flow to your brain, bringing additional sugars and oxygen that may be needed when you are thinking intensely.
- When you think hard, the neurons of your brain function more intensely. As they do this, they can build up toxic waste products that can cause foggy thinking (you may have experienced the feeling that your brain has “turned to cotton wool”). By exercising, you speed the flow of blood through your brain, moving these waste products faster.
- Exercise can cause release of chemicals called endorphins into your blood stream. These give you a feeling of happiness and positively affect your overall sense of well-being.
More than anything, I stick to activities which are fun and provide me the opportunity to be away from technology (phone, email, tv, etc), and I work at mixing up the activities so I’m not doing the same activity all week long. In a week its not uncommon for me to throw baseballs with one son, kick soccer balls with another, bicycle, kayak, roller skate, hike, or even tackle strenuous yard work.
If you’re feeling stressed or having trouble thinking, step out and do something physical! Your mind and body will thank you for it!!