Why exercise makes you happy

You could be new to exercise, or you could simply have fallen off the wagon, and strayed from a healthy lifestyle for a while. Sometimes we need a reminder of how it feels after we workout, and how we can benefit from regular exercise. It doesn’t just keep you fit and healthy, or help you to lose fat and burn calories. Exercise actually makes you happier! When we exercise, we benefit physically, and mentally and emotionally. If you are in need of a reminder, here are 6 reasons why you should make exercise a part of your schedule:

  1. Gives you energy – Even if you don’t have much of it before you begin, you’ll end up with more energy after you exercise. A long stressful day at work can actually benefit from a good workout session.

  2. It produces happy hormones – When you exercise and move your muscles, your brain releases a mix of hormones. Adrenaline, endorphins, dopamine and serotonin work together to make you feel good, leaving you with a high after a workout.

  3. Gives you a confidence boost – With the happy hormones helping to give you a clear head and a happy outlook, you will find yourself with more confidence. You’ll also feel stronger and fitter and leaner, giving yourself a boost.

  4. Provides stress relief – Along with giving you energy, exercise also helps to relieve stress and tension by giving your mind a rest and your muscles a burst of oxygen. As well as those happy hormones flooding your brain!

  5. Helps your mental health – When you include exercise in your daily life, you are helping to keep your whole self healthy, this including your mind. Exercise is recommended to people suffering from mental illness like anxiety or depression.

  6. Helps you sleep better – Your sleeping patterns can be improved by doing regular exercise. Your body needs the rest to recover from those sore fatigued muscles, so you end up sleeping easier and more soundly.

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