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Heidi Hardy Hypnotherapist North Devon

HPD DHP SFBT Sup (Hyp) MAfSFH 01598 752799 / 077121 82787


Exercise is on my Mind!

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Exercise {definition: noun 1. activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness. "exercise improves your heart and lung power"}


… helps to increase and balance the levels of the three most powerful influencers of mood:

Serotonin - enabling us to cope better

Noradrenalin – helping with motivation, focus and concentration

Dopamine – responsible for the feeling of reward

… outdoors has the added benefit of exposing you to the sun. Even in winter exposure to the sun raises serotonin levels.

… in learning. Studies show that students perform significantly better after exercise:When students go for a mile run they are more prepared to learn. Their senses are heightened; their focus and mood are improved; they’re less fidgety and tense; and they feel more motivated and invigorated. And the same goes for adults in the classroom of life. In addition to priming our state of mind, exercise influences learning directly, at a the cellular level, improving the brain’s potential to log and process new information.

… increases our levels of HGH (human growth hormone) encouraging us to burn off fat (especially the toxic fat which is stored around the belly) and lay down lean muscle tissue.

NHS quote "It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. It’s free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don’t need a GP to get some."

But what if we don’t like 'formal exercise’? We could say ‘exercise’ is simply about moving more. So how can we move more without following formal exercise? For me, it’s dancing – I love it!


Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Sport