Brain building, addiction control, development of creativity and feeling of fullness, sport is a great tool to transform the mind and multiply its possibilities. Here are 5 steps to muscle your mind and become happier!
Moderation is the key
A study of 1.2 million American adults found that short workouts (45 minutes) promoted better mental health compared to endurance sports like the marathon. Research has also shown that the ideal training frequency was 3 to 5 times a week. Inactive people and those who practice sports more than 5 times a week would have a more fragile mind than others. According to the researchers, the ideal frequency is between 2 and 6 hours of exercise per week.
Any exercise is good, but some are better than others
Team sports seem to be the most exciting, followed by cycling and group fitness classes. These three forms of coaching suggest that mental health group activities are the most effective. Yoga-like activities also significantly improve the mood, the conscious mind-breathing associated with it, significantly relieves the symptoms of depression.
Several studies have shown that strength training is one of the best for relieving the symptoms of depression – it can have an effect similar to that of antidepressants or psychotherapy. Dr. Jacob Meyer, a kinesiologist, explains that no matter if one improves or not, after a resistance training program, the symptoms of depression are necessarily lessened.
Like all muscles, the brain needs variety to be stimulated
Maurice Curtis, an expert in neurology, explains that the brain is the organ that best supports change. The more you provide new information, the more it develops. So change your training program as much as possible!
Train your mind
Mindfulness meditation allows for a more accurate perception of our level of physical activity, instinctively moving us further when we feel that the “brain” needs it.