Here at twitch, by The Lagree Studio, we focus on more than just physical health. To us, your mental health is equally important. Luckily for all of us, physical and mental health go hand in hand. Our t3 Approach combines both aerobic and anaerobic low impact exercise to maximize the holistic effect on the mind, body, and soul. Researchers have found that with just five minutes of moderate exercise, you can experience an instant mood boost. More importantly, they found that with regular exercise, people experience decreases in depression, anxiety, and stress over time.

Sure, exercising can improve your physical appearance and maybe, in turn, boost your self-confidence – and that’s amazing! But the main way that exercise improves mental health is by increasing the release of certain chemicals in the brain. These chemicals all play a special role in overall wellbeing and mental health, and we wanted to take a moment today to explain exactly how four of those chemicals can benefit you.

Norepinephrine, The Stress Reducer: Exercising increases norepinephrine, a chemical in the brain that helps regulate how you deal with stress. Interestingly, some antidepressant drugs also work by increasing norepinephrine.This chemical does not magically cure stress, anxiety, or depression, but instead improves the way in which your body responds to stressful situations.

Dopamine, The Reward System: Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, meaning it helps neurons communicate in the brain. Dopamine has been linked to a brain’s “reward system.” Essentially, dopamine is the reason we are able to be productive and feel good afterwards. Your body craves exercise and physical activity. By releasing dopamine, you feel rewarded for exercise and are more likely to find yourself exercising again.

Serotonin, The Mood Regulator: Serotonin is another neurotransmitter that helps to regulate mood, appetite, and sleep cycles. Serotonin is located in both the brain and the gut, but the serotonin in the brain is what is responsible for improving mental health. Research has found that people who have depression usually have low levels of serotonin, leading them to believe that high levels of the chemical can combat depression. Exercise can both help the brain produce serotonin, and also to utilize it, making it a double threat for improving mental health.

Endorphins, The Euphoric Chemical: Endorphins are another brain chemical released through exercise. These trigger positive feelings in the body similar to the effect of morphine. Have you ever gotten back from a run and felt a “runner’s high” – a feeling of euphoric positivity? That feeling is a result of an increase in endorphins being released in the brain.

The t3 Approach, by The Lagree Studio, is a great way to efficiently increase these brain chemicals by engaging in fitness classes that utilizing twitch muscles. Some of these chemicals, like dopamine and serotonin, are only increased when your body reaches total muscle failure, or fatigue. The t3 Approach focuses on activating slow twitch muscles that result in this total muscle failure, making it more efficient at increasing norepinephrine, dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins than simply cardio. Come twitch with us, and find out why people are saying The t3 Approach really does benefit the mind, body, and soul.