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Can exercise help my mood?

Mar 11, 2014

Exercise and MoodBruce Kelly
FT Media


"There is a lot of research now that connects exercise to mood enhancement for both those with depression and other mood disorders and also for those without such issues. It has been known for while that exercise elevates mood and gives people a better outlook on life. Exercise is medicine on so many levels and in so many ways."

Gwen Beckcom
FT Mission Hills


"Exercise and physical activity are a great way to not only improve your mood, but exercise also helps you to feel better, gain health benefits, and have fun!  Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. A consistent exercise routine also helps to control weight, boost energy, combat health conditions and promote a good night's sleep.

"Life can only be experienced at the highest level when your body is performing at a peak level. Wellness is a choice. Choose to live a healthy life full of bliss. You will amaze yourself with what is possible!"

Blake Beckcom
FT Mission Hills


"Some of my best workouts came when I did not feel up to it or had the blues. We know there is a lot of science-based data out there confirming that exercise enhances mood.  Some studies have linked exercise as being as effective as antidepressant medications.

"For me, it is a two-fold physiological and mental response. I made it to the gym, so I might as well bust butt. Now that I have busted butt, I feel really good for not talking myself out of working out due to being down in the dumps or tired. My body got a pump and so did my brain. Do the work, get the big payoff.  Endorphins, anyone?"

Kelly Blackwin
FT Santa Monica


"Exercise can help your mood by releasing those feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression known as endorphins. It can also reduce immune system chemicals that can worsen depression, increasing body temperature which may have calming effects, and boost self esteem."

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge


"Exercise most definitely can help improve your mood. After one completes an exercise routine endorphins are released. These create a "natural high." It's a feeling of wellness and happiness! Best feeling in the world!"