The benefits of exercise and healthy living reaches far beyond the physical aesthetic the world sees. It has been scientifically proven that a fit and nutritious lifestyle benefits your mental health, academic performance and overall happiness. Whether your training at the gym or challenging yourself with a fitness program like FHIT by Lauren Hannaford or in a team sport, being constantly active within a social environment stimulates your mind and creates a sense of fulfilment.
Speaking to Inspire Sport Lauren Hannaford discusses the benefits keeping active on the mind and body. High levels of serotonin, a chemical in the body that is linked to levels of happiness, is found to have a positive correlation to fitness. Simply put, the more physical activity you commit to, the happier you are! The confidence that stems from this happiness reflects on your everyday tasks and attitude. The release of stress and endorphins that come from an active lifestyle allows you to clearly focus on building a more positive and successful life.
Addressing the science behind physical activity and improved cognitive function Lauren believes regular exercise has many benefits. “A frequent contributor to cognitive impairment is lack of sleep, low mood levels, stress or anxiety. Regular exercise has been known to help improve not only your mood but helps improve sleep and reduces stress and anxiety which more often than not will have a positive impact and improvement on your academic performance due to having better mental clarity through feeling more energised.”
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