It so can!
Getting fit and in shape is proven to make you happier. So if you want to be happier, get fitter.
Low grade depression or ‘the blues’ gets hammered with regular exercise. Apart from helping you return to your natural body weight, regular exercise and other fitness activities are hugely beneficial for your heart and your circulation. Good news all round!
Research and anecdotal evidence argues that a brisk half hour walk will immediately make you more alert. Intense physical activity of any kind actually stimulates certain brain chemicals like endorphins which actually cause you to feel happier and more at peace. Magic.
Of course, there are also self-esteem benefits – you feel better about yourself when you look in the mirror and see how all your hard work is paying off.
The key to becoming happier is regular exercise and increasing dedication to your fitness goals.
This includes drinking lots of water throughout the day, and changing your lifestyle to include a healthy diet. Funnily enough, when you start to exercise regularly, you kind of want to start eating better and hydrating.
WebMD is one of the more respected healthcare websites on the Internet. It explains just how getting fit can make you happier, and it all has to do with those chemicals called endorphins. These wonderful little natural mood boosters actually talk to your brain, and help reduce your perception of pain.
And these endorphins are released in huge quantities when you exercise for an extended period of time. Have you ever experienced a euphoric feeling after an intense workout? Long-distance runners call it the “runner’s high”. This is due to the massive release of endorphins in your body, which drastically and quickly cause a happier and healthier outlook. The harder you exercise, the better you feel (up to a point!).
As they are produced in your spinal cord, brain and other parts of your body, these chemical heroes also act as sedatives. However, unlike chemical sedatives such as morphine, there is no unhealthy addiction or dependence created when your body is flooded with these miraculous stress relievers.
Researchers explain that regular exercise of even mild intensity levels promotes positive self-esteem, can erase feelings of depression, is great for lowering anxiety and reducing stress, and can even improve your sleep patterns.
Ever noticed how your outlook on life is always better when you feel good about yourself? The chemical process already hardwired into your physical makeup ensures that you feel happy and energized after a workout.
You knew that getting fit and losing weight would help your heart, lower your blood pressure and improve your strength and body tone. But now that you understand your body is chemically aligned to make you happier when you exercise, you have just one more great reason to start a regular fitness program.
So, what’s the first step?