Health & Fitness

Why Exercise Makes You Happy

We’ve all heard it before: exercising is good for you and that all of us should do it.

Why do you have to do it, you ask? Obviously, for health reasons as regular exercise helps keep you fit but also helps you in a variety of ways such as lowering your cholesterol level, maintaining a healthy weight, keeping your energy levels up, etc.

However, did you know that exercising also makes you a happier person? For example, exercising as little as 20 minutes of physical activity can boost your mood for up to 12 hours. Or better yet, working out for 30-60 minutes just a few times a week can provide mental health benefits, not to mention some unexpected benefits too.

The next time you’re feeling a little down or having a really bad day, try doing something physically active to get your mind off of it. Working out when you’re in a bad mood has a more powerful effect on your mental state. If you add in some music to your routine, that also helps to improve  and boost your mood.

There are many ways one can get some exercise these days. There’s the gym, of course, but exercising outdoors is more beneficial than exercising indoors. For one thing, it helps you get in touch with nature and it also helps you get some rays for that bit of Vitamin D your body needs. If exercising outdoors isn’t for you, that’s ok too because there is nothing wrong with exercising indoors. To each his/her own – make exercise something that you can enjoy. That way, you’ll be able to keep at it regularly and benefit from it.

Exercising also helps to reduce your risk of major illnesses. It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:

  • up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
  • a 30% lower risk of early death
  • up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
  • a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
  • up to a 30% lower risk of depression
  • up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

This is no snake oil. Whatever your age, there’s strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life. So, get exercising and reaps its rewards!

Source: Happify.com & NHS

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