Physiologically, exercise releases a whole cascade of mood-elevating processes in the brain. As soon as we increase our heart rate, endorphins—stress hormones that calm the brain and relieve stress—are released. Over time, exercise actually stimulates the birth of new brain cells and promotes their linkage to existing brain cell networks. By stimulating that new growth, exercise helps counteract the corrosive effect of stress and helps the brain to continually re-wire itself and adapt to changing life circumstances.
There are hundreds of ways to exercise. Find what you enjoy and make it a consistent part of your life. Whatever exercise you choose, whether it’s walking, jogging, cycling, or something else, enjoy it. Don’t force yourself to stick with an activity that seems like drudgery. Move on until you find something you love.
If you have chores to do around the house or homestead, consider this your exercise. Feel your heart pounding as you run up and down the stairs or carry wood inside. Know that you are healing yourself and fueling your metabolism with every step.
When we eat after exercise, food tastes more savory and we digest better because we are less stressed.