3 Reasons Why Exercise Makes You Happier
It’s no myth, exercise can make you happier!
Have you noticed that when you stay active and work out consistently that you feel less stressed, less anxious, and just happier? It’s no coincidence… There are multiple studies that suggest there’s a direct link between exercise and happiness! Here are just 3 reason why exercise makes you happier:
1. It releases ‘ happy chemicals’ into your brain
Yes, you’ve read that right. ‘happy chemicals’ are the nickname for dopamine which is a chemical in the brain. It’s a neurotransmitter that’s responsible for feelings of pleasure and happiness.
Studies show that when you exercise more, you’ll increase your brain’s dopamine production. Did you know that scientists believe that as we age, we’re constantly losing our stores of dopamine? This is why we need to constantly seek out experiences that release dopamine. By incorporating exercise into your life, you’re not only helping yourself out physically but mentally too!
2. Exercise helps you de-stress and feel more energetic
There’s a reason why people tell you to sweat it out when you’re stressed out! When you exercise you ironically subject yourself to a low-level form of stress by raising your heartbeat. This then triggers a burst of hormonal stress. By doing this you’re helping your body build up an immunity to it. So the more you work out and build up this immunity the better you’ll get at handling the rest of life stressors and less stress = happier life.
We know it feels counterintuitive to the idea that working out can help you feel more energetic. But it’s true, exercise gives you more energy! And when you have more energy to do all the things you want to do such as playing with your kids, getting out and seeing the world or even trying something new, you’ll find yourself more satisfied with your life. Which leads us to our final reason that exercise can make you happier…
3. You’ll feel more confident
As you exercise more, you’ll begin to notice and feel a few things. You’ll feel stronger, you’ll feel more energetic and you’ll feel good. Who doesn’t want that in life? Life is meant about feeling strong and happy!
When you start working out and achieving goals you didn’t think were possible, you will feel an amazing sense of accomplishment. No matter how big or small those goals are, you are building yourself up and with that, you will begin to feel it in other parts of your life too. The more confident you are, the happier you are!
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