I think that most people understand how beneficial running or bicycling is to the health of the heart and the body as a whole, but did you know that they have several important mental health benefits that can improve your brain efficiency as well? In this article, I will show you the 4 amazing mental health benefits of that you can start enjoying today with jogging or bicycling.
The 4 Mental Health Benefits of Jogging or Bicycling
Benefit Number 1 –Enhances Mental Clarity – Are you the creative type stuck in a rut? Well, put that computer keyboard away. Put on your running shoes, and go out for a 30-minute run. You will be surprised at the freshness of new ideas that pour into your mind when you return and sit down to type.
Benefit Number 2 –Enhances Positively Your Mood – Just got into a fight on the phone with a relative or someone close to you? Don’t punch a pillow! Grab your bicycle, and hit the pavement for 10 to 20 minutes. Your body will produce for you an “endorphin rush”. (Endorphins are the body’s natural chemical mood enhancer which make you feel good - with no side effects.) With a clear mind and a better mood, you are better able to think clearer and resolve rationally any conflict that you need to address in a calm and patient manner.
Benefit Number 3 –Helps To Relieve Minor Depression – Clinical depression notwithstanding, a 10 to 20 minute run can relieve the symptoms of mild depression, that is, of feeling overwhelmed that can sometimes be attributed to the stress of letting your thoughts run wild over-and-over in your head. Running or bicycling will slow the excessive thinking and worrying pattern of your mind, and will allow you to suddenly feel a greater state of peace.
Benefit Number 4 – Improves Brain Circulation and Brain Efficiency – Running or cycling demands more oxygen into the bloodstream, and part beneficiary to this increase of oxygen-intake is the brain. The brain is fueled by oxygen, and when you give your body an oxygen-boost through jogging or cycling, you have also enhanced the efficiency of your brain power.
Did you know that Einstein was an avid bicycle rider?
Yours in health,
“The 12-Week Fitness Guru”
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