Welcome back to F45 Training. You join us in the midst of a two-part series highlighting a few of the many ways in which getting into shape by establishing a consistent workout routine can change your life for the better. 

In part one, we discussed how negative stress, or distress, can be regulated on a physiological level by working out regularly. One Harvard Medical School study determined that your cortisol and adrenaline levels can be moderated by regular fitness activities. In addition, being physically active boost dopamine and serotonin levels, which work in harmony with those “runner’s high” endorphins to promote calmness and reduce anxiety levels in many people. 

We also highlighted how your confidence can get a major boost when you work out and start to see and feel the results. It’s simply a byproduct of being dedicated to the process. And while most people won’t be able to see a difference right away, you’ll be able to feel one long before you get any compliments. Why? It’s not *just* about how you look, it’s about feeling healthier and stronger. 

At F45, we mix circuit, HIIT, and functional workouts geared toward everyday movements for a well-rounded and intense exercise class. We’ve got three Seattle gym locations (Northgate, Central District, Queen Anne) where you can experience team training and full-body workouts to improve energy levels, metabolic rate, endurance, and strength!

Now that we’ve reviewed what we covered in part one, let’s dive straight into two little-known benefits of exercise — focus and memory!

Focus & Memory

Wendy Suzuki of New York University conducted a study which found that only 50 minutes of cardio exercises will greatly increase someone’s ability to focus while performing a wide range of tasks. This effect lasts up to two hours after the workout, so be sure that you schedule that important presentation directly after your 45-minute workout at F45 Training. 

With regard to memory, we’ll stick with Dr. Suzuki. In her investigation into the long-term effects of regular exercise, she found that a neurochemical, brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, is crucial to the process of generating new brain cells (neurons) and their connectors (synapses). 

Concerning the connection between exercise and BDNF, Suzuki said, “The mechanism by which exercise is protective is not fully understood, but even in animals that are in terrible levels of stress, running on a wheel brings memory and brain function back to more normal levels.

Essentially, we might not know all the details of how exercise, memory, and the brain are linked, but we know enough to understand that this is an encouraging development! 

All in all, exercise can help you in the short-term with focus and in the long-term with memory.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this two-part series in which we’ve done our best to highlight a few of the numerous benefits you stand to, well, benefit from. While stress reduction, confidence boosting, focus improvement, and enhanced memory are genuinely well and good, at the end of the day, there’s a joy in the journey when you are surrounded with a wonderful team-training community like you are at F45. 

We offer a unique approach to group fitness that blends functional HIIT, energized people, and an exhilarating 45-minute workout where you can expect to burn up to 750 calories in one Seattle gym class!

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