Everyone knows that exercise can be good for your health, but can it actually make you happier? We hear a lot about it benefitting our physical health but not mental. People question whether or not if this could actually be a debate.
“”What if one person’s happiness is anothers relative gloom?”” (Reynolds)
There have been multiple studies carried out to determine who’s right or wrong in this discussion. Although many have their doubts on if exercise can make you happy, I believe that exercise can increase your happiness.
“”We know that exercise improves health and feeling healthier might make people feel happier.”” (Dr. Chen of New York Times)
Recent studies from the British Medical Journal have suggested that physical activity does not reduce depression. Researchers found through clinical guiadance that adding exercise only increases physical activity. The European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience also produced a study on a group diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. They discovered that exercise was more effective than antidepressants, which are made to treat depression. Patients who exercise consistantly are not likely to relapse.
“”There’s good epidemiological data to suggest that active people are less depressed than inactive people. And people who were active and stopped tend to be more depressed than those who maintain or initiate an exercise program,”” (James Blumenthal, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Duke University)
While exercise can reduce depression, it can be very beneficial psychologically. Exercising boosts your psychological health and diminishes anger and distrust, and puts you in better spirits. When dealing with depression or anxiety, exercise is encouraged. Even though exercise seems like the last thing, someone who suffers from depression, would want to do. It would make a huge difference and get them motivated. Exercise helps you to forget about the not so positive things in life. It provides a sense of accomplishment. Exercise is sure to promote long term benefits for your psychological health.
Exercise is also known to manage your stress and is a great form of meditation. It may lessen anger, fatigue, and tension. A lot of the time a persons stress is subside do to activity. It strengthens the brain so stress will not have much of an influence. Other than lowering the result of stress, it also creates self confidence and betters your sleep. Just simply meeting a fitness goal can boosts your self confidence. When exercising your body increases in tempature. After working out, your body tempature declines, developing a sense of sleepiness. Insomnia is also minimized through execise.
“”In fact, exercise is the only known way for healthy adults to boost the amount of deep sleep they get “” and deep sleep is essential for your body to renew and repair itself.”” (Harvard Health Publishing)
Exercising eases stress levels and heightens your energy. It also transports oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more precisely. People often become more productive after a workout; assisting one to feel like they have more control over their life.
Your immune system also improves during exercise. You are probably wondering, what does that have to do with happiness? Well when exercising your body cleans out all the bacteria from your lungs. It gets rid of carcinogens by the rise of activity in your lymphatic system, which unloads waste from your body. When you exercise, the amount of white blood cells increase while stress-related hormones decelerate. Stress is not just emotional – it is hugly physical. By declining those hormones, you improve your health.
Another positive affect of exercising is that it releases “”happy”” chemicals. Physical activity activates mixed brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. While exercising, the brain releases endorphins and monoamines. The main goal of endorphins is too block feelings of pain and stress. It builds your immune system, regulates your appetite, and gives you an intense feeling of pleasure and excitement. The somewhat scary part is that they have a resemblance and addictive behavior like morphine, heroine or nicotine. When you exercise, your brain expands the making neurotransmitters, which send messages throughout your nervous system. Studies have associated small levels of serotonin and norepinephrine to depression, which is a more plausible connection to feelings of post-workout well being. Monoamines help the brain to regain strength from mental disorders. It also guards the brain from stress and soothes anxiety.
“”The less active we become, the more challenged we are in dealing with stress.”” (Matthew)
Exercising is also good coping mechanism for those dealing with depression and anxiety. It promotes positivety, instead dwelling on negative thoughts. It creates a mental toughness, allowing you to take on stress. Mental toughness and discipline to workout consistantly usually takes effect to help in other aspects of your life. You can manage more of anything. It also increases your social life. Engaging in basic physical activities with family can help. Happiness can just come from meeting new people and exchanging greetings. Exercise gives you time to unwind and can be fun.
Some people may become depressed by the way they look or how they feel themselves getting older but with exercise you can maintain healthy aging. Exercising keeps you from gaining excess weight or help manage weight loss and keeps you looking healthy. As a person begins to thrive and achieve more challenging physical tasks, their self-confidence will rise. As you get older, workouts seem harder, but that’s okay because any form of physical activity can have an impact. Physical activity helps retain flexiblity in your spine. When your spine is untroubled, your body can move properly. Having muscles that are able to answer to your environment make life a lot simpler.
Exercise is a great way to gain control of your life, not only physically but mentally also. Exercise and physical activity always seems to be a good way to feel better. It puts you in a great mood and makes life way more enjoyable. If you have been trying to find any reason why you should hit the gym, remember that it’s good for psychological and mental health.
“”Failing to exercise when you feel bad is like explicitly not taking asprin when your head hurts”” (Weir)
When it comes to working out the body and pushing past the pain, we not only advance to a better figure, but strength of mind that will stay with us forever.
“”I think that we can safely say that people who exercise are probably going to be happier than people who don’t.”” (Dr. Chen of New York Times)