6 reasons why training makes you smarter

If you think muscles are only for dummies and disco pumpers, think again. Did you know that just 30 minutes of training a day will make you a “genius”? You probably won’t become an Einstein anymore, but you can get pretty close. Check out these 6 points that prove why working out makes you smarter.

1. increases energy

The more you exercise regularly, the more energy you’ll have. Consistent exercise increases your muscle strength and endurance, and gives you the energy to think more clearly and produce new ideas. Just 15 minutes of exercise, even in your living room, will make your body more productive.

2. sharpens focus

Physical exercise trains your brain and sharpens your focus for at least 2-3 hours. For example, if you have a presentation, try to move beforehand and you will notice that it will be much easier for you. In the long run, exercising regularly will help you keep your brain young and fit. This happens through neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to develop itself through blood flow and proteins. Treat your body to some “brain gains.”

3. workout improves mood

Exercise releases happiness hormones, which not only make you happy, but also improve your memory. Exercise also releases serotonin, a hormone that has been shown to help with depression, according to the Mayo Clinic. Duke University has shown that people with depression who exercise regularly are often able to stop taking their antidepressants.

4. helps with self-control

Exercise triggers endorphins. These help the brain to prioritize. After exercising, you are able to push aside unimportant things and focus on the really important things.

5. training improves memory

Your body remembers better when it is active. In an experiment conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, students were asked to memorize a sequence of letters and then immediately run, lift weights, or just sit. The students who ran and played with weights were able to remember things much better than the group of people who just sat.

6. increases productivity

Have you ever heard the phrase “If you want something done quickly, give it to a busy person”? It has been proven that productivity creates more productivity. When we are productive and efficient, we have more success. When you exercise in the middle of a work day, it relaxes you. You’re more relaxed with your colleagues, you increase your performance at work, and you increase your time management. All of that increases to a productive day, all from just a little bit of exercise.

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