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Benefits of improving brain and body health at the same time

The symbiotic relationship between a healthy brain and a healthy body forms a virtuous circle, emphasising the pivotal role of physical exercise in maintaining brain health. A study highlighted by SharpBrains reveals that physical activity can be as effective as therapy or medication in protecting against anxiety and depression, with higher-intensity exercise yielding more mental health benefits. Engaging in four to five sessions per week strikes a balance, offering a manageable and sustainable practice for long-term mental wellbeing.

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To paint a clearer picture of this virtuous circle, think of the brain and body moving together in sync, like dance partners gliding gracefully across the floor. When one leads with strength and grace, the other follows seamlessly, creating a harmonious performance. Similarly, a healthy brain and physical activity are partners in the dance of wellbeing, each enhancing the other’s performance, leading to a robust and more resilient self.

Now think of the ENHANCE programme as the choreographer, guiding individuals through the rhythm of healthy habits and cognitive flexibility. By addressing the psychological barriers that often act as stumbling blocks, ENHANCE ensures that the dance continues smoothly, effortlessly and without missing a beat.

Exercise plays a pivotal role in promoting brain health and fostering neuroplasticity, acting as a key modulator of both mental wellbeing and cognitive function. Engaging in physical activity stimulates the release of numerous neurotransmitters and neurotrophic factors, which are proteins that support neuron growth and survival, for example, endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, BDNF, GDNF, NGF, and NT 3/4. These factors are integral to enhancing mood and various aspects of brain functionality, including memory, concentration, and learning. 

Notably, BDNF, a significant neurotrophic factor, facilitates neurogenesis in the hippocampus—a critical region for learning and memory—showcasing the adaptability and responsiveness of the brain to physical stimuli. 

This response helps to illustrate the symbiotic relationship between physical health and brain health. Improvements in one area leads to improvements in the other. For this reason, we encourage participants in ENHANCE to consider their physical activity levels, diet and sleep during the 12 week programme. This has led to some remarkable behaviour change results that may not have been possible if either physical or brain health were addressed in isolation.

Regular physical activity also acts as a buffer against stress hormones and inflammation, reducing the risk of mental health conditions and emphasising the anti-inflammatory benefits of exercise, particularly in mood improvement. The multifaceted and comprehensive impact of exercise not only underscores its benefits for mental wellbeing but also for improved brain health and functionality throughout the lifespan.

Conversely, some people need a little help to establish positive lifestyle habits such as increasing their physical activity levels. ENHANCE makes this behaviour change easier to implement and embed using neural rewiring techniques and goal coaching strategies.        

More than just a programme, ENHANCE is your partner that helps to develop holistic wellbeing and overcome many of life’s obstacles. 

Unlock a fitter and more resilient you today with the ENHANCE programme. 

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