How and Why Fitness Makes You Happier

Do you know why and how fitness can literally make you happier as a person? Follow on below to learn more:

Get energy

Everyone can use extra energy these days, and coffee might not be doing the trick. Therefore, turn to fitness and exercise! By simply getting your blood pumping you will create increased circulation and metabolism within your body. You will be surprised how much energy enhancement you will have once you stick to working out a few times a week. As soon as you gain that energy, you are bound to feel lighter and happier right away.

Get stress-free

It’s hard to be happy when you are overly stressed out about your everyday events. Don’t let stress build up. Release stress through fitness and exercise. All that cardio and sweat will do you some good in terms of removing that excess stress that you might not have known how to handle prior. In addition, regular exercise will essentially help you get less stressed out in the long run. Why is that? Well, once you have implemented fitness into your everyday lifestyle, you begin to take action steps to directly altering your system for the better. By exerting your energy on fitness, you will be creating a low-level form of stress and the results are that your heart rate will increase and your hormones will be activated. In the long run, your body will be more prepared to handle all of life’s stressors head on.

Get good sleep

So many of us have trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep, or getting that peaceful night’s rest we all so desire. The solution to help you sleep better might be to maintain a fitness and exercise regiment. Mindbodygreen.com states that, “Skip the sleeping pill and try exercising instead. Staying active and exercising on a regular basis has been shown to improve sleeping problems of insomniacs. 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.” If you have a good night’s sleep, you will feel more calm and centered and in turn very happy to say the least.

Get confident

When we are confident we are at our happiest. We feel worthy, powerful, centered, and ready to take on the world. When you do not feel good about yourself or particularly your body, that confidence might go out the window. Take that low self-esteem and throw it away. Through fitness and exercise, you begin to prioritize yourself. By putting yourself first as a priority, you are giving yourself that self-care that automatically builds up confidence. In addition, working out will alter your body shape, and this will create positive body image because not only will you love the way you look, you will feel stronger, more independent, and happier! An article “The Exercise Effect” on apa.org (American Psychological Association) states that, “There’s good epidemiological data to suggest that active people are less depressed than inactive people. And people who were active and stopped tend to be more depressed than those who maintain or initiate an exercise program, says James Blumenthal, PhD.”

Get healthier

When you are healthy you are happy. Point blank. Fitness and exercise brings with it a possibility to improve your immune system, which is what your body relies on in order to stay in a state of homeostasis or balance within the external environment. How does fitness improve your immune system? Well, exercising helps flush out the bacteria from your lungs and regenerates your tissues. Overall, this enhances the action and movement of the lymphatic system, which drains all the excess waste from your body. When you exercise regularly, the stress-related hormones are slowed down and this creates not only an emotional calm but translates to feeling physically calm as well. Now you will be feeling happier and healthier all at once.

Get dop(amine)

Movement creates something powerful within the brain. Certain neurotransmitters are activated and released. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that basically plays a role in achieving pleasure and happiness. So how can you increase these sensations on a daily basis? Work out! Fitness and exercise are the best ways to increase your brain’s production of dopamine. Self.com states that, “But rather than a sudden burst of euphoria, research has found that a mere 20-minute workout can produce more subtle mood benefits that last as long as 12 hours.” In essence, a low to moderate intensity workout regimen might be superior to the high-intensity workouts especially for long term stress decrease.

Now go for a walk, run, bike ride, hike, or any other fitness fun to release those pent up emotions and activate your body to achieve optimal health and happiness. Happy Exercising!