Why exercise makes you happy and a great endorphin boosting workout by Libby Babet
Posted on 25 December 2013
We all exercise for different reasons, whether it is to keep healthy, lose weight, tone up, build muscle, or keep you feeling youthful. But did you know that exercise can actually make you happier? sounds great doesn't it!
Here are six reasons why exercise makes you happy
1. It releases happy chemicals into your brain.
Dopamine, a chemical that plays a role in happiness, is a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s necessary for feelings of pleasure and happiness. We constantly deplete our dopamine supplies, so regular exercise is essential for toping them up!
Not only will working out ease stress in the short term by helping you sweat out the day's worries, regular exercise will help you become less stressed out in the long term as well. Why? Well, exercise subjects your body to a low-level form of stress by raising your heart rate. This will prepare your body for getting better at handling other stressors in life.
And less stress equals a happier, healthier life.
3. It energizes you.
You no doubt have days when you just feel too tired to exercise, when working out is the last thing in the world you want to do. However, numerous studies have shown that people feel more energised after working out. So the next time you force yourself to get off the couch and get into workout mode, you’ll most likely feel more energized throughout the rest of the day. And more energy equals greater happiness.
4. It boosts your confidence.
When you don't feel good about your body or how you look, it's all too easy to have low self-esteem. And that can have a negative effect on all areas of your life including your relationships, your career, and your goals and aspirations.But when you start to exercise and see your body transform, that can quickly change. Because exercise will not only make you like how you look, it will also make you feel stronger, more independent, and more confident. There's nothing like a boost in confidence to increase overall happiness.
5. It eases anxiety.
If you suffer from anxiety, exercise may be a simple cure. The immediate mood boost from exercise is followed by longer-term relief, similar to that offered by meditation and talk therapy. So next time you’re feeling anxious, try a hard workout — you’ll feel happier for days on end.
6. It fights insomnia.
Staying active and exercising on a regular basis has been shown to improve sleeping problems of insomniacs and people with sleeping disorders. And not only can regular exercise significantly improve your sleep quality, it can also give you that pep that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning and do things.
And that equals greater happiness, every time.