It’s never pleasant to think about the aging process and the decline of your mind. But it’s a fact that one of these days you are going to have to confront the aging process. Realize this early and you may be able to prevent it.
Group exercise is one method you can use to stop this. A study reported on by USA Today revealed that cognitive decline and the killing off of brain cells can be reversed by exercise. It can’t cure these issues, but it can delay the process by years.
It’s why fit and healthy people tend to decline at a much older age than everyone else. Start early and you’ll naturally reap more of the benefits of the brain aging.
So How Does this Work?
Group exercise impacts a part of the brain known as the hippocampus. This region is responsible for memory and learning. As people get older, this area of the brain decreases in volume. It happens to everybody, which is why many elderly people suffer from memory loss.
But exercising between the ages of 25 and 45 can produce more chemicals that help to preserve this area of the brain. The more you exercise and the more you do it in groups the better preserved your brain is going to be overall.
What Else Hurts Your Brain’s Health?
There are more factors than this that hurt the brain’s health. Stress is another factor that goes a long way to causing cognitive decline. Happier people are naturally healthier, and there’s a reason for this. Stress puts a lot of strain on the brain. It may not matter during your early years, but as you get older it begins to take its toll.
A balanced mind comes with a balanced lifestyle. Stress damages both the mind and the body. Group exercise is a natural stress buster. Here are some of the ways stress can be addressed via group exercise:
A Distraction – Your mind is taken out of the pit of worry. You can’t focus on the past and the future while you are in the middle of an exercise session. Group exercise has a similar effect to meditation.
Feel Happier – More endorphins are produced every time you get involved with a group exercise session. You’re not just working up a sweat you are doing it with people you enjoy the company of.
Release Tension – Stressed people tend to have a lot of tension. It most commonly builds up in areas like the head, neck, and shoulders. Exercise naturally breaks up and releases tension because you are expending energy from your body.
But these benefits are all about what happens in the future. Group exercise provides you with a huge number of benefits right now. In terms of your personal and professional lives, there are a lot of ways group exercise can improve performance.
These are some of the key performance areas boosted through group exercise sessions a few times every week:
- More motivation. Group exercise enables you to focus on the things that matter. It will even help you get motivated for the things you don’t necessarily want to do.
- A more focused mind. You’ll train yourself to live in the moment and become more mindful about what’s going on now. The ‘monkey mind’ condition will no longer be a problem.
- Become more resistant to stress. You’ll better cope under pressure. This is ideal for those in leadership positions, or those aspiring to such positions.
How to Find a Group Exercise Session?
Thankfully, most major towns and cities will already have group exercise sessions in your local area. There are even places geared towards office workers who want to spend their lunch hours getting their sweat on.
But if you fail to find a suitable place, you may want to start a group exercise team within your company. Gather together a group of friends and tell your boss about all the benefits it can bring. As long as you take control of it yourself, your boss should be more than happy to see the big increase in performance you’re going to get from regular sessions.
What you do is entirely up to you. Go for a run or launch an aerobics class. Change things up and see what results you get.
Stalling cognitive decline is a great reason to take up group exercise. In terms of mental health, there’s nothing better. Take advantage of it today and see how it can change your life.