Tag Archives: Stress Management

Post 4 – Working Out Your Brain

10 Oct

In the gym most people have one goal: improve their body. Rarely do you ask someone why they work out and they say, “to raise my serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine levels.

Being that this is a health and fitness blog, it isn’t exactly appropriate to say working out is like having your cake and eating it too, but let me explain. When you work out, you are bettering your body and getting to that ideal physique that you set as your goal. In addition to sculpting your body, you are also doing so many positive things for your brain that you do not even realize.

Michael Hopkins, a Dartmouth graduate student affiliated with the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Laboratory, says “it looks more and more like the positive stress of exercise prepares cells and structures and pathways within the brain so that they’re more equipped to handle stress in other forms.”

For residents in South Jersey, this quote an important piece of information. In a Press of Atlantic City article titled, “Smoking and cancer rates much higher in South Jersey than in North Jersey,” author Hoa Nguyen says, “while most smokers know of the health risks, several in South Jersey said that their habit had become so ingrained in their lives that that they believed smoking helped them cope with stress.”

Unless for some reason you have a pre 1960’s mentality, you should be aware that smoking is not good for you. Emphysema  lung cancer, and blocked blood vessels are just a few of the repercussions smoking can have on the human body. To do it because you’re “stressed out,” is no excuse.

Dylan Coladonato, a 20 year old junior at Rowan University, says, “Working out is my stress reliever. That one to two hours everyday in the gym gives me time to get away from my homework, my job, and everything else that I have to worry about. I look forward to being able to have that personal time to myself.”

While working out, you are not just bettering your body, you are bettering your mind. This is just one example of how time in the weight room benefits your brain power as well as your lifting power.

Next time you’re stressing out about a paper, grab your running shoes and go for a nice jog. If your boss is getting on your last nerve, get in the gym and pump a little iron. The benefits of staying healthy far outweigh the consequences of harming your wellness.

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