Stress causes different effects on the body for every individual. In my research I have learned that “Stress atrophies the brain; this especially happens in the hippocampus, which is responsible for a lot, but memory seems to be a biggest part. When you’re stressed, you tend to forget things.”

Exercise, by contrast, promotes production of neurohormones like norepinephrine that are associated with improved cognitive function, elevated mood and learning. Exercise can improve thinking dulled by stressful events and some research.

In several articles I learned that science believes that exercise is not only good for your heart, mood, flexibility, power, strength, cardiovascular endurance, but also your brain. It can work fast by stimulating your nervous system. One of the better ways to achieve maximal performance is to perform at a higher level intensity within a shorter period of time.

When you work out and stay active on a regular basis, it’s not just a coincidence that you feel less stressed out and less anxious, but generally happier.

It releases dopamine a chemical that plays a role in happiness this is a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s necessary for feelings of pleasure and happiness.

As we age, we are constantly losing our stores of dopamine, which is why we need to constantly seek out experiences that release dopamine.

One of the best ways to increase your brain’s dopamine production is exercise; so run, lift, jump, play and be happy!

By exercising, you’re actually subjecting yourself to a low-level form of stress by raising your heart rate and triggering a burst of hormonal changes. When you subject yourself to the stress of exercise enough, your body will eventually get better at handling the rest of life’s stressors. And less stress equals a happier, healthier life.

Exercise energizes you. I know we have all been there, I don’t want or have the energy to get myself up off the couch and exercising but that is when we need it the most. Force yourself even if it is ½ of what you normally do and you will feel better and more energized.

The next time you’re feeling down, stressed or anxious, get off the couch and get some exercise, call a friend to go for a walk, take the dog out, take the kids to the park and join them on the swings, monkey bars, slides, etc. Take some time for you to sweat out those anxieties and stress. You will not only feel more confident, energized, calm, but you’ll be a healthier and a happier person for life.