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?

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

The mind influences the body, it is clear that any illness, mental disorder or even the mood has consequences on the physical level. It is not difficult to understand 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 cut influence the mind with numerous benefits.

-Improves Academic Performance - currently it is known that physical activity has direct benefits on cognitive abilities, improving thinking ability, 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, have better ability to cope with emotions, greater self-control, less irritable and less anxiety. This emotional improvement, has direct positive influence on socialization, which means that people who practice physical activity are more socáveis.

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

-Improves Performance Professional - physical activity increases work efficiency. There are companies that make exercise intervals during working hours, with consequences in increased production, contrary to what was initially think. 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 delay aging. The physiological and neurological level physical activity has on the brain, neurotransmitters like serotonin, essential to feel "happier" with ourselves, have benefits beyond about organic factors such as pain tolerance. Those who practice physical activity, have more pain tolerance of those who do not.

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

And you, practicing physical activity?

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Author: Jorge Eloi

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


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