Buddha’s philosophy looks at the impact on ones body and mind. Physical activity has been recognised as an important contributor to good mental health. The secret to good mental health lies within your physical wellbeing.
Research has that the academic success of students is strongly linked to their health, with healthier student’s being the better learners. If your body is in a good place physically then you are more likely to be able to achieve academically. This can be put in to a simple equation:
Healthy Eating+Physical activity=Improved academic performance
Physical activity has long been a focus for research, 20 minutes of physical activity is said to increase brain activity. Exercise affects the brain in many ways. It increases the heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain. It also helps the body release hormones, all of which assists in providing a nourishing environment for growth of brain cells.
Exercise aids in reducing stress. By increasing your heart rate this will assist in maintaining ones mental and physical health. Exercise increases concentration of norepinephrine; a chemical that can moderate the brains response to stress.
Unfortunately as we age the impact of degenerative brain diseases increases, diseases such as Alzheimer’s often see a decline in brain function, the greatest impact being a decline in functional processes. Exercising between the ages of 25 and 45 is said to improve the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent degeneration. A healthy body and healthy mind is not seen as a preventative however research has shown that it can significantly slow down cognitive decline.
It has been shown that physical activity can help to alleviate addiction. By exercising, the body releases endorphins that create a natural high which can relieve the need for other substances. By exercising it can also help an addict to de-prioritise their cravings. While exercise alone is not a cure for addiction, it can be an additional tool to help build (or rebuild) a healthy life.
Studies have shown that workers who take time to exercise regularly are more productive and have more energy. One way that exercise can help boost productivity and performance at work is through enhanced alertness. When you exercise, you are also increasing blood flow to the brain, which can help sharpen your awareness. Exercise can also give you more energy, which means you will feel more awake at work.
The healthy body, healthy mind link is crucial to maintaining both optimum physical and mental health. The importance of physical activity is fundamental to long-term sustainable mental health. The advantages of physical activity are exponential on the mind with benefits such as:Improved academic performance, increased brain activity & alleviates addiction. In general the key to good mental health lies within the physical well-being.
Your body is the vehicle that allows you to eat, sleep and talk. Your brain is the organ that processes these experiences. Your state of mind is the result of your brain integrating these experiences. To have a positive state of mind, you need to be well in your body and happy in the way you interact with the world – Professor Hickie