Improving your fitness level doesn’t just allow you to lose weight or improve your muscles. A better level of fitness has scientifically been proven to improve your mental fitness too. Indeed, even just a small increase in your physical activity can have a myriad of benefits for your mental agility and brain function. It may even help prevent the onslaught of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and premature brain ageing.
When you are exercising your body pumps more blood around your body, which improves cell-to-cell performance. Memory is improved from exercise due to the increased functionality of the temporal lobe, your pituitary gland will release more endorphins and your body will be less prone to stress and anxiety. In fact, there are numerous benefits to increasing your physical activity.
But don’t just take it from us, Canadian professional poker player Sorel Mizzi swears by physical exercise and an improved diet for improved mental performance. Mizzi told the interviewer, “I haven’t missed a gym session during the main event. Doing that before the tournament makes such a major difference to my mental clarity.”
Mizzi made an interesting point when he said: “Eating healthily and working out is like a natural drug. It was Hippocrates that said let food by thy medicine.” Physical activity IS like a natural drug that many of us are missing out on the benefits of as we won’t exercise. Mizzi even went on to reveal that he also uses a brain supplement called Alpha Brain to give himself a mental edge.
Now if a top-class poker player, a profession which involves a lot of calculated mental agility, believes in using physical exercise to improve his skills then the rest of us should be listening. If you work in a high-flying stressful job that requires brain power throughout the day, then what could be better than starting off your day with a brain-boosting workout just like Mizzi?
Those endorphins that you produce doing exercise are known to boost productivity during the day meaning you’ll work at your very best. Exercising can improve mental clarity for up to 10 hours after, which is likely to be your full working day!
And it’s not just the extra brain power that a morning workout will bring, people who work out in the morning are much more likely to stick to a healthy diet. After-all, you’re not going to eat that extra doughnut after the sweat you pulled earlier in the morning. Then there’s the fact you’re less likely to miss a workout due to last minute meetings scheduled in the afternoon – you already completed your workout that morning.
With physical exercise not only improving your health but also your mental function it seems more important than ever for us all to challenge ourselves to better fitness.
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