Boosting Your Mood With Exercise
Exercise can be incredibly beneficial for the body, but it’s also great for the mind. The body releases endorphins to keep us motivated.
We all know the feeling – that buzzy, warm glow we get after exercise. Whether it’s a gentle jog, playing footy with the kids or lifting a personal best, exercising makes us feel good. But it isn’t just the smug satisfaction of knowing we’ve been active for the day (although this is pretty nice too) – there’s a scientific reason why moving our bodies makes us happy.
It all comes down to processes in the brain. We’ve all heard about exercising releasing endorphins and serotonin. These chemicals have mood boosting properties that leave you with the so-called ‘runners’ high’.
Endorphins help to encourage positive feelings and can provide relief from conditions like anxiety for hours after exercise is over.
Exercising for the Brain: Releasing those endorphins
Endorphins aren’t the only reason why exercise is great for the mind.
According to Health Direct, a raised heart rate during exercise pumps more blood to your brain, increasing your ability to think clearly and helping to improve your memory skills.
Wearing yourself out with physical activity is bound to help you sleep better at night. This can lead to a number of health benefits for both the body and the mind, and everyone knows how a good night’s sleep can enhance your mood!
Exercising for You: Improving Self Esteem
Keeping fit and active is an important part of building and nurturing self-esteem.
The process of training and seeing improvement in skills or changes to your physique is hugely beneficial for confidence, not to mention the mood-boosting properties of being outdoors, around a team environment or spending time with friends playing sports.
How much exercise should I be doing?
HealthDirect suggests a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise every day. You can make up 30 minutes over the day by combining shorter 10-15 minute sessions.
We have a bunch of classes at AMPM to help get you on track.
Can’t make it to the gym? Here are some ideas to incorporate incidental exercise in your day:
– Try a walk to the shops rather than taking the car.
– Join a social sports team after work – the expectation to turn up means you’re less likely to pull out.
– Hit the beach for a jog.
– Instead of meeting a friend for coffee, go for a walk in the park – with your coffee.
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