A quick scientific explanation of the ways exercise supports nervous system balance.
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UPDATED MAY 17, 2023
HOW EXERCISE CHANGES THE BODY
When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins, which have mood-boosting and pain-relieving effects and help to relieve stress and anxiety.
It also helps to preserve the health of the brain. Exercise increases the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is a protein that helps to promote the growth and survival of neurons. BDNF is essential for learning and memory.
EXERCISE AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
In addition to its benefits for the brain, exercise is also good for the rest of the nervous system. Exercise helps to reduce inflammation, which can damage the nerves. Exercise also helps to improve blood flow and increase the levels of antioxidants in the body, both of which are important for the health of the nervous system.
SEROTONIN AND STRESS RELIEF
Finally, exercise helps to reduce stress and anxiety by promoting the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a major role in mood regulation. Exercise has also been shown to help improve sleep quality, which facilitates a nervous system that’s more capable of repairing and re-balancing itself.
EXERCISE SUPPORTS GREATER OVERALL BALANCE
Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps keep the nervous system balanced and regulated, and comes with many immediate benefits for both the body and the brain.
On average, NeuroFit members who prioritize exercise report 22% higher HRV and 11% more balanced check-ins.