We hear it time and time again, working out is good for you, but how good is it? Could it be in fact the Holy Grail to finding happiness? Well here is what the experts have to say about it. You be the judge! Here are the top 7 reasons why working out might make you happier! ??
1. It can help improve your mental fitness
A recent study by the UC Davis Health System showed that people who exercise may have better mental fitness. It turns out that exercise helps boost critical neurotransmitters, specifically glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, which promote good mental health. There is even promise in showing that exercise may be an important way to treat depression and other type of neuropsychiatric disorders linked to deficiencies in neurotransmitters. The study even went a step further and showed that exercise activates the metabolic pathway that replenishes the depleted neurotransmitters.??
2. It can cut down Depression
There is even research to support that exercising regularly can help cut down depression rates by almost half! In some exercising regularly may have better effects than traditional medication. The good part about exercising is, if done safely and regularly with caution, there should be no side effects. ??
3. It helps lower anxiety
Exercise has even been linked to lowering anxiety, primarily because it helps reduce muscle tension, lower blood pressure and heart rate, and may even help increase alpha waves which also help with relaxation. ??
4. It can put you in a better mood
There is research to show that it can help lift a bad mood, since according to a study from Mayo Clinic conducted in 2012, exercise would help improve mental clarity and efficiency. Feeling stressed or in a bad mood? Going for a bike ride or walk might be your best bet to help you gain clarity and start thinking positive.
5. It can help improve your memory
Not to mention, aerobic exercise helps increase oxygen flow to the brain which helps increase cognitive activity. More blood flow equals more oxygen which helps your brain perform better. Research indicates that aside from oxygen increase, exercise also helps the hippocampus work better. The hippocampus is involved in the brain’s ability to learn and memorize things.
6. It helps improve your energy
A study conducted by the University of Georgia in 2008 revealed that low intensity exercise resulted in higher amounts of energy. When comparing healthy, sedentary adults, after a 6 week period, they were able to conclude that subjects who participated in less intensity exercises, such as walking regularly, reported feeling higher levels of energy. Changing the type of exercise did not seem to have an effect on feelings of energy.
7. It helps you sleep better and increases your self-esteem
In a study published by the Journal Clinic Sleep Medicine, researchers concluded that acute moderate-intensity aerobic exercise appeared to reduce pre-sleep anxiety and improve sleep in patients with insomnia. Studies have also shown that exercising increases the body temperature, which has also been linked to improving sleep.
Low self-esteem associated with body image concerns have been shown to decrease with exercise. Exercise helps to promote a healthy weight and helps you feel better about yourself. Feel confident in wearing your favorite clothes or simply feel better knowing your doing what is best for your health.
Exercise can help improve your overall health and state of mind. It’s important to remember all the benefits that exercising can have in your life and consider making some positive changes.
TIP: Less intensity to acute moderate intensity exercise seems to be the best solution. Taking a 20-30 minute walk, 3 to 5 times a week will surely help keep you healthy and happy!!
But don’t just take the expert’s advice, go out and try it for yourself!! Exercise today and be happy tomorrow!!