Physical Activity: Psychological Benefits

August 7, 2012 By: Jorge Eloi

It is unanimous that physical activity provides numerous benefits not only physical but also psychological level. This is very important for maintaining mental health. But what benefits are we talking about?

In ancient ancient Greece some philosophers claimed that the human being consists of two fundamental parts of body and mind, there is a clear divide between nature, characteristics and functions of body and mind. But if deceived, because today we know that it is not so! The body and the mind form a single whole, without dividing lines, and influencing each other directly and clearly.

The mind influences the body, it is clear that any disease, mental illness or even the mood has consequences on the physical level. It is not hard to see, when we are sad or anxious, our body has less resistance and reacts more slowly than when they're fine with ourselves and with others. At the extreme level checked psychosomatic illnesses (See psychosomatic Diseases and Symptoms ).

With Physical Activity, the corto influence the mind with numerous benefits.

Income Improves Academic - currently it is known that physical activity has direct benefits on cognitive skills, improve the ability of reasoning, memory, perception, attention. Besides improving self-esteem, self-efficacy and self-confidence necessary to face obstacles and not only academic.

Improves emotional intelligence - people who practice activity, are better able to deal with emotions, greater self-control, less irritable and less anxiety. This improves emotional, has a positive direct influence on the socialization, which means that people who engage in physical activity are more socáveis.

Keeps Mental Health - physical activity decreases the risk for substance abuse, decreases the risk of depression, burnout. Besides reducing the risk of mental illness, reduce the use of drugs, specifically sedentary consume 34% more drug than people who practice physical activity. In elderly people decreases by 73% the risk of senile dementia of vascular disease.

Improves Job Performance - physical activity increases work efficiency. There are companies that do intervals of exercise during working hours, with consequences in increased production, rather than initially thought. Improves motivation and confidence, essential in business performance, independent of the function and area.

In addition to the psychological benefits, physical activity reduces the risk of diabetes, decreases by 23% the risk of developing breast cancer, lowers cholesterol, reduces the likelihood of gallstones, prevents osteoporosis increases the sexual "performance" improves the immune system and delays aging. The physiological and neurological level physical activity has on the brain, neurotransmitters such as serotonin, essential to feel "happier" with ourselves, besides having benefits over organic factors, such as tolerance of pain. Those who practice physical activity, have more tolerance of pain who do not.

Being clear the benefits of physical activity is recommended for a healthy mind and body, a regular practice 3-5 times per week.

And you, practicing physical activity?

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Author: Jorge Eloi

Jorge Eloi

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Resident in the district of Leiria. Founder and Creator of Free Space Psychology. Degree in Psychology, Master in Educational Psychology, Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified International Coach, Trainer. Programming knowledge and Webdesigner. Experience in the area of ​​Marketing and Sales. Loves jogging, football, chess, learning and good conversation. Curious, creative and enterprising!


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