How Working Out Sharpens Your Focus and Concentration

How many times have you heard someone talk about the brain like it’s a “thinking muscle”? That’s why we go to school, college, and that’s why we keep learning throughout our lives. We’re practically training that “thinking muscle”. But science has proven that in order to really maximize your brain’s potential, mental exercises and learning are simply not enough.

There is a direct connection between exercising and mental health, and if you really want to enhance your focus and concentration, you should consider working out. We did a bit of researching and we’ve come up with this short guide which should help you understand how mental health, focus, and concentration are connected. Hopefully, this guide will help you find the best way to improve your concentration, focus, and other skills as well. So, let’s not waste time, and let’s get straight to it.

How Does Working Out Help?

Exercising helps you improve your overall mental health in many different ways.

Aerobic exercises like running or Pilates create specific compounds in your body and these compounds help create new neurons while protecting the ones that already exist. These compounds also help with the parts of your brain which stores memories.

When it comes to associative memory, science has proven that women improve theirs through strength training like weight-lifting. All of these factors affect your focus and concentration in the best possible way. Regular exercising also helps with adrenaline regulation, as well as with the endorphin levels. These hormones are essential for concentration, so regular exercising is in direct correlation with better concentration.

Besides this, exercising improves your physical health and the way you feel. Reducing the stress, anxiety, and fatigue through regular training will help you with focus immensely. Developing a workout routine also helps with regulating your sleep cycle and it will improve your overall immune system, which in turn helps with depression and insomnia.

Which Exercises Can Help With Focus?

When it comes to concentration and focus, the best advice you can get is – try to combine strength and aerobic exercises evenly. Some lighter form of exercises like brisk walking, jogging, Tai Chi and Yoga have all proven to be extremely helpful for people who experience lack of focus. Regular training can also be extremely helpful in many ways.

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As your body gets used to regular exercising, your overall health will improve. This means your concentration and focus will be unaffected by any health issues you may have had. Various experts state that golf can significantly improve your focus and concentration. Regularly focusing on perfecting your golf swing can really boost your overall mental health. A Yoga class at a local gym or even a personal trainer can also be a significant step up for your overall health and focus.

The Mental Health Benefits of Training

There are other mental health benefits physical activity brings to the table. As the brain structure grows with physical activity, scientists have proven that cardiovascular fitness can significantly improve your memory. You shouldn’t overdo it, however, because too much workout can cause stress and exhaustion.

Another thing physical activity is good for is boosting divergent thinking. Quite a lot of people fall in love with hiking because of the feeling that their minds are free. This allows creative thinking to take place. A simple walk can really make the difference. Exercising is good for everyone. Various studies have shown that mild but regular exercising can significantly slow down dementia and improve cognitive thinking in older people. Exercising in older age also helps quite a lot with balance, coordination, and overall mental health.

Of course, no one expects to see your nana running a marathon, but it’s not impossible if she is into it. The most important thing is to be open to exercising and physical activity, as it can really help you out with both your concentration and your overall health.

Final thoughts

Wherever you go and wherever you look, you will hear the same thing – exercise is good for your physical and mental health. The reason you hear this so often is simple – it’s true. But this doesn’t mean that you have to become a bodybuilder overnight.

You should find some kind of physical activity you enjoy the most and you should focus on it. Jogging, Yoga, Pilates, even dancing, and brisk walking, all of these things can really help you feel great. So don’t sit still, go and find what you like the most and just do it.

10 Tips That Can Help You Stay Fit In Your 50s

Staying fit is important throughout your life but even more so as you get older. However, exercise nowadays can be quite expensive and the stress of maintaining the diet or exercise schedule can be overwhelming.

But rather than having bad feelings about staying fit, why don’t you try these tips:

Eat well

Nutrition is a big part of being and staying healthy, especially in your 50s. However, specific diets are often very expensive and tiring for both the body and the mind. Most people fall of the bandwagon just because these put so much strain on you – you are on a diet, everything is forbidden!

Try a lighter approach instead.

Avoid sweets, for starters. They are not good for your blood sugar and they have no nutritional value. But if you feel like having a piece of cake at a birthday party, don’t shy away from it. As you progress, your body will need less and less sweets and you’ll eventually give them up entirely. The same goes for junk food, pastries and bread.

You can also look for healthier solutions like healthy sweets with honey instead of sugar, dark chocolate or almonds. Try having a veggie burger instead of the junk food one. There are plenty of replacements for other things as well.

Drink a lot of water

Water is essential in your life but you often forget to take it, don`t you? It’s A common problem. You saturate your thirst with juices, sodas and similar unhealthy drinks. But water is a excellent replacement for these.

Set a reminder for yourself and get into the habit – take a bottle with you everywhere. After a while, you won`t need a reminder.

Take a walk

Exercising in the traditional sense – the gym, running and so on – can be just as stressful for your body and mind as going on a strict diet. It’s just something you are supposed to do but really don’t want to. It can be boring as well. However, there are better approaches.

Taking a walk every day is one example.

It’s relaxing, you can do it with friends, family members or pets. You can also look at great scenery, talk while you do it or listen to music. It’s also beneficial to your mental health.

Sleep well

Getting enough sleep is crucial. Go to bed early and wake up early. You`ll get a full day to enjoy and you will never be tired.

Find fun activities to do

Other than walking as a way to stay fit, you can also do plenty of other things. For instance, there is yoga, dancing, doing some appropriate sports, pilates and so on. Find an exciting activity that you love and you`ll never feel stressed about working out. Instead, you`ll look forward to it and have fun doing it.

Have some down time

Activities are important but so is relaxing. Allow yourself to rest and have some down time – read a book, watch some TV, take a nap and so on. You`ll feel much better and enjoy your day a lot more.

Warm up before exercise

“If you are going to do an activity that requires your entire body to be involved, it’s best to stretch and warm up before doing it. Your body will be prepared and no exercise will be too straining or difficult after that,” says Filip Haskel an HR manager Britstudent and Australia2write.

Get a partner…

No matter what you are doing – be it staying away from sweets, walking, doing a fun activity – it’s always better if you have a partner. Do it with a spouse, a friend, a family member or find a complete stranger who likes the same things you do. It will be much easier to stick with what you started if you have someone to support you.

… or a dog

“Dogs can be amazing. They make you get out of the house whether you like it or not. You have to walk them, play with them and so on. Dogs can be wonderful partners in any activity you do, especially walking,” says Anna Trent a Lifestyle Coach at Write My X and 1Day2Write.

Reduce your drinking

If you still drink and enjoy it in your 50s, make sure that you stay moderate. For instance, don`t get drunk or drink every night of the week. It’s bad for your health and your appearance as well as your mental health. An occasional glass of wine or beer isn’t going to hurt anyone but spirits and consistent drinking can really hurt you.

Being fit doesn’t mean you have to invest in an expensive diet or a gym membership. You can stay fit and still have fun doing it. Hopefully, these tips will help you enjoy your 50s.

Adelina Benson works as an email marketer and writer with AcademicBrits and OriginWritings. Her main tasks involve managing the quality of business emails and developing email marketing strategies. When she has free time, she likes to write helpful articles on topics that interest her.

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