Posted on September 20, 2017 by Kim Mead

When working, one of the most difficult things to do is stay focused, as you may be affected by many distractions or you may just suffer from a lack of interest.

One way to reduce a lack of concentration is through exercise as this increases brain health which contributes to improved concentration. Exercising regularly at moderate or high intensity can help in a number of ways including lifting moods and lowering stress and anxiety levels.

While exercising, whether it’s moderate training or intense, the body releases a natural pain reliever called endorphins which help stimulate the body and mind during and after training. If you kick start these endorphins at the start of your day before work, it will help you to better focus as well relieve any stress that you may have had before.

There have been many studies conducted which show that light/moderate aerobic exercising helps the brain to fend off diseases such as Alzheimers and ADHD.

Exercising once or twice a week won’t actually impact your reactions too much but may just lightly help the mind and body to react. Ideally you have to exercise 5 days a week for 30 mins or more to actually release another brain chemical called brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which helps keep the brain memory health and sharp.

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References:
https://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/regular-exercise-releases-brain-chemicals-key-for-memory-concentration-and-mental-sharpness
http://www.livestrong.com/article/457834-does-exercise-improve-concentration/
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=brain+endorphins&oq=brain+end&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j0l5.8871j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8