Runner’s high – the feeling of joy that makes people run and train for marathons and the unique energy you get after training in a group or alone. How does exercise make you happier?
How does exercise make you happy?
One aspect of life that can significantly affect your overall sense of happiness and well-being is stress. Stress can dampen the mood and lead to an increased risk of illness. Exercise is one of the best ways to fight stress.
Exercise has many benefits, including reduced risk of depression, improved health status, and improved happiness reports.
When exercising, the body releases chemicals that increase the feeling of well-being and suppresses hormones that cause stress and anxiety. Endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitters related to pain and depression are among the released substances. Exercise also reduces the hormonal activity of adrenaline and cortisol, which promotes feelings of anxiety and tension.
How much training do we need for these benefits?
You do not have to engage in strenuous physical activity to reap the benefits of exercise. Walking, stretching, and strength training at a low level can effectively fight stress and anxiety. More physical activity has been linked to people reporting that they feel happier.
Easy ways to increase physical activity throughout the day
- Walk instead of driving
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Take your dog on a trip
- Search for local bike trails or hiking trails and take advantage of them
- Take a day trip to a local park for a walk
- Take a family bike ride
- Take breaks while working at a computer by getting up to walk in the hallway
- Find a training partner
- Go up and down the sidelines of the kids’ sports games instead of sitting in the stands
- Walk on the golf course instead of driving a cart
Physical activity is a great way to reduce stress and improve your overall mood and happiness. The key to doing more physical activity is finding something you enjoy!