You probably won’t skip leg day after this. A study shows how daily squats reduce stress at work.
According to a study from the University of Milan, a parallel has been drawn between your leg muscles and the most important organ in your body — the brain. Although your legs and brain are at opposing ends of your body, their motor functions are closely connected. Turns out, leg exercises like squats go toward maintaining good brain health.
The researchers intended to explore why bed-ridden patients and astronauts, who lead sedentary lives, lose muscle mass over the years. They found that, aside from decreased metabolism, people who do not exercise regularly also jeopardise their brain health.
A group of mice was restricted from using their hind legs for a total of 28 days. They were fed normally and did not show any sign of stress. There was also a control group of mice that were allowed to roam freely.
After 28 days, the researchers found that limited physical activity decreased the number of neural stem cells in their brains by 70 per cent. Why would that matter? Well, here’s the scoop — these cells are extremely important as they allow us to handle stress and pressure in life!
Manage your stress with squats
If you have cut back on exercise due to a sedentary desk job, you might be making it difficult for your body to develop important nerve cells. Using your legs actively, especially in weight-bearing exercises, sends important signals to your brain that is crucial for a healthy brain and nervous system. A squat is a versatile exercise move that can be done anywhere, so squat your way to a stress-free life! It keeps your buns toned, and brain, healthy.
This study shows that preserving your mental well-being is as simple as sticking to your workout schedule. Stuck at work? Get your heart racing with this easy workout that can be done right at your desk.