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The role of physical exercise in modeling emotions

You may have heard that practicing physical exercise is associated with neurotransmitters that provoke good disposition and happiness, of course science has an explanation for this phenomenon, and Personal Trainers has investigated your why so that in this article and during this year that begins now, can bring you great joy during and after training.

It is common to think of emotion as a feeling, but are distinct things, the emotion goes further and manages to shape the whole body, leaving a trail of signs through our muscles, skin, organs, etc.

When we feel happiness there is a cerebral chemical pattern that is identified by science, there is prevalence of certain neurotransmitters and hormones such as serotonin, dopamine and even endogenous opiates (the equivalent of morphine). In short, the chemistry of our brain changes according to our emotional state. In a state of happiness it is normal to smile, in a state of stress our forehead wrinkles, and these muscular movements are not conscious choices but reflex reactions because the muscles are in communication with the emotional centers of the brain.

The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) responds to emotional states because it is connected to the brain and thus triggers changes in the heart rate, abdominal area and pelvis, eyes, larynx and skin.

In the case of the skin, in the presence of stress or worry there is increased sweating (armpits or wet hands), as curiosity is here that the polygraph test rests, increased emotional stress is related to perspiration and the polygraph identifies an increase in conductivity on the skin due to increased sweating.

We have already seen that emotions affect the chemistry of SNA and muscles but the most interesting part is that the opposite also happens, this means that there is a bidirectional connection, and the SNA and muscles also affect the emotions.

Since so and with this knowledge we can also use our muscles to affect emotional states. Pay Attention:

1.  Straightening your back, relaxing your shoulders and breathing consciously can increase mood and confidence - through stimulation of the Parasympathetic Nervous System (part of the ANS that deals with states of well-being, safety, and calm).

2. Activities such as running, cycling, burpees, skipings, jampings jacks, lifting weights, among other exercises promote emotional states of euphoria and joy, through the increase of endorphins, dopamine and serotonin (chemical markers present in emotional patterns of happiness).

3. Smile on purpose until you get to the spontaneous smile, meditate, do conscious breathing exercises and stretch also improve mood.

Like all of this, having emotional states of happiness and well-being can be a rational choice, you just have to know yourself and think of your body as a whole - mind and body in one - where the changes of the mind affect the body and the changes affect the mind.

In Personal Trainer our greatest concern is the general well-being of our clients, we offer the hope of a new life, with healthy habits that promote your personal development and fulfillment in the day to day. During the process, workouts are just a vehicle for that well-being.

Whether in individual training or in group training there will always be room for more fun exercises, which stimulate your brain in multiple ways, so we join the fun to the benefits of training, come and sweat with us and you will not even realize that you are actually training, and physical results - our knowledge and training allow us to be different and our clients prove it. Contact us through email geral@personaltrainers.com.pt, website or social media.

Miguel Paiva text