The psychology of Exercise on humans and their stress level. | Oby Oriji Blog

Taken from a Masters in social pychology book, I will give you readers, the most clearly explained effect of exercise to the human mind.p and body.  Taken from the ‘Health and psychology chapter’, I will let you just read for yourself, the content of the subtitle that was titled :


If we think about how stress prepares our body for movement and action, there is an intuitive logic to moving and using the energy that has been  mobilized as a way of calming the stress response. This turns out to be true, and physical exercise is an excellent method for managing stress.

People who exercise regularly show greater feelings of self-efficacy, more energy , and they tend to be more extroverted and sociable. These types of correlation could work in the other direction(self-efficacy and energy cause you to exercise) but we can experimentally have people exercise and then see these effects occur. Physical exercise seems to improve psychology well-being, and just 10 minutes of aerobic exercise has been demonstrated to improve mood. Regular exercise reduces the risk of many chronic illnesses and has been used as an effective intervention for a number of mental illnesses including depression and anxiety disorders.

Exercise has been known to increase neurogenesis, the creation of new neurons, in the hippocampus. You may be familiar with “runner’s high”, which refers to the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, following a bout exercise. These endorphins (as well as enkephalins) boost mood, relieve pain , and improve quality of sleep.

Ironically, while exercise is an effective strategy for relieving stress, stress can become a barrier which prevents people from exercising. Feeling that they have too much work and too little time, people may fail to get adequate exercise, even though it would help to reduce their overall stress level (and improve their health). Exercise can be a way of exerting control and feeling a greater sense of self-efficacy, though it’s important to note that this only refers to voluntary exercise. Rats given the opportunity to engage in exercise by running on a wheel show reductions in glucocorcoids levels, but those forced to exercise (for the same amount of time) show increase in their glucocorcoids levels.

As with perceived control, it might be possible to have too much of a good thing. While moderate exercise is associated with increased testosterone in males, those who run more than 40 miles a week actually show higher glucocorcoids levels and lower reproductive function (decreased testosterone production and smaller testes). Females who engage in excessive exercise also show reduction in reproduction function, including delayed onset of puberty and amenorrhea ( cassation of menstrauation). Over exercise can also leads o decreased bone density in both males and females (probably caused y the elevated glucocorcoids levels).

Moderate exercise may engage multiple aspects of stress management, providing people with a sense of control over their lives and their health. Exercise can also provide a source of social  engagement  and group cohesion, whether the form of an organized team or just a jogging partner . Sofia support is another component of stress management , and this means that exercising with a firmed may allow you to fight stress on to fronts.

I don’t think I would have said this any better than the author of his time book that I have found myself to be insessed with. It looks at every aspect of the humsna life,  but I am only letting you guys read the “Execise” part, which is the most important to me, because this author said it more than I would have ever done.

Via : Masters in social psychology.


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