Thursday, March 29, 2012

How 30 Minutes Can Make You Happy For Life

We have all experienced low times in our life. What do you go for to make yourself feel better? Sleep, alcohol, food or do you go for something else? To some, exercising may seem like the last thing they want to do when they are down, but it might be a good idea. Exercise is actually a great way to get yourself feeling better. Physical activity reduces anxiety and improves your mood in many ways.

Release of endorphins. As Elle Woods on Legally Blonde says, "Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy." It's as easy as that. Endorphins are chemicals produced by the body and they are stimulated during exercise. This gives us a natural "high" and leaves us feeling happy. The release of endorphins also reduces the perception of pain.

Fun. Who says exercise has to be boring? Exercise is a great way to meet new people, try a new sport or spend time with friends. Go for a bike ride, try a dance class, take your dog for a walk, or anything that you enjoy. If you enjoy it, you will stick with it longer and be happier.

Sleep well. Exercise actually helps you get a better night's sleep. Exercise helps you get into a deeper state of sleep, as long as it's not done 2-3 hours before bed. A good night's sleep, leads to a better mood in the morning.

More energy. As you move, oxygen and nutrients are deliver to your brain and muscles so your body works more efficiently, giving you more energy. More energy means an improved mood.

Relieve stress. Exercise provides a distraction from your day to day problems and relieves stress.

On your body. Exercise increases your body temperature, which may have calming effects. You also gain confidence when you get in shape and start feeling better about yourself. Who doesn't want that? Physical activity can also lessen symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Do I need to say much more to convince you to get moving?

Staff, Mayo Clinic. "Depression and Anxiety: Exercise Eases Symptoms." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 01 Oct. 2011. Web. 24 Mar. 2012. <>.

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