What happy chemicals are increased by exercise?
Exercise increases endorphins. When we exercise we may generate just enough pain for our bodies to respond with more endorphins, and we may laugh (or cry) when we exercise. Many people practice stretching exercises, or practice yoga. Stretching increases endorphins, too.
Exercise increases dopamine because we exercise by playing little games with ourselves and other people, games we can easily win. Just one more rep! Ah, I did it! We expect to win, and expect to do what we set out to do as we prepare to exercise, and both increase dopamine.
Exercise increases serotonin because we respect ourselves for exercising and taking care of our brain and our body. Others respect us for exercising, and that helps even more.
Exercise increases oxytocin because we often exercise with others. Even if we’re all alone in the gym we trust that other people aren’t going to hurt us while we’re working out.
We don’t have to increase all of our happy chemicals every time we exercise, and we may not always increase our happy chemicals enough for us to feel happy (particularly if we’re suffering from the dark brain disease called depression), but exercise is most always good for us, and it always increases neurochemicals which we need to increase on a repetitive basis.
You don’t want to over do exercise, but a little bit goes a long ways. Frequency and consistency are the keys. Any exercise you’ll do today is the best exercise in the world. When you exercise and when you encourage others to exercise you’re helping to stamp out depression.
Exercise is a simple way to increase all of your happy chemicals.
At TMS Augusta we encourage you to exercise. We prescribe exercise for Advanced TMS patients because we think it increases the benefit they derive from the treatment.