Many psychologists would recommend their patients to do some physical activities to fight the negative feelings they might have. Alongside having many health benefits, exercising can affect your mood and make you a happier person. Why? Here are some of the reasons:
1. Physical activity acts as a natural painkiller
When you exercise, a part of your brain, named the hypothalamus, and the pituitary gland produce some neurochemicals called endorphins which work like the morphine. These hormones give you a feeling of well-being and satisfaction. Furthermore, exercising gives you a boost of energy because it gets your blood flowing, which releases even more endorphins and combats stress.
Physical activity helps your body deal with stress better by also producing serotonin or norepinephrine, two hormones that can make you feel good and improve your mood when present in high levels.
2. It can boost your confidence
Most of the people have low self-confidence because they do not feel comfortable in their bodies. Well, the best solution for a nice body is not only a balanced diet, but also lot of exercises and physical activity. Exercising will change the way your body looks, making you appear stronger and tougher. This will directly affect your relationships, your career, and your goals and aspirations.
3. It makes you less anxious
Just like we mentioned in the introduction, many psychologists will recommend to their patients subscribing in a gym as the first step of relieving their anxiety.
A recent study have been made on the effects of exercising and the results show that in people suffering from anxiety, there was an instant mood improvement followed by a long term relief alike the one given by medications or therapy.
4. It helps you sleep better
You do not need sleeping pills to sleep better. Instead, start working out!
Exercising improves your sleep quality and makes you sleep longer hours, if you struggle with insomnia. It does so by requiring you to release the energy you have making you feel tired and in need of resting at the end of the day.
5. It makes you stress less
We already know that exercising can help easing stress on the short term, however, exercising regularly helps keeping you less stressed on the long run. It will help you teach your body how to deal with stress by raising your heart rate and triggering various hormonal changes, which makes you subject to a lower level of stress. This doesn’t mean that you will not feel stressed anymore; however, it means that by being exposed to the stress induced by physical activity, your body will learn how to handle the remaining types of stress.
6. It will help you age better
Who doesn’t want to know the secret of good and healthy aging? Well, there is more than one secret, but the only thing you can start doing at an early age is exercising. If you start exercising while young, you will be able to control and maintain a healthy weight which becomes a goal hard to achieve with the years. Furthermore, exercising helps protecting your spine and keeping it in good shape, which helps your body move properly.