Exercise Regularly to Live a Happy, Healthier and Longer Life
Aug 29, 2012
You have heard hundreds of times that exercise is important to living a healthy lifestyle. But, how important is it to living a happy and fulfilled lifestyle?
Exercise is extremely important to establishing a happy lifestyle as it fills your mind and body happiness tanks by contributing to make you feel better, look better and perform better than you ever thought possible. In honor of August being Happiness Month, let’s take a look at how exercise is the engine to power a happy and healthy life.
Your body naturally values the power of exercise to make your brain and body feel good about your fitness accomplishments. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, which interact with receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain and trigger a positive feeling in your body. So, exercising regularly is not only good for maintaining a physically fit lifestyle, but it also contributes to keeping your happiness tank full and reducing the risk of depleting your happiness resources (endorphins).
Exercise and a healthy diet are the key ingredients to feeling happy about the way your body looks. Whether you are able to finally fit into a pair of “skinny” jeans, feel comfortable sporting a two-piece swimsuit at the pool or are able to shop a new line of clothes at your favorite store, exercise drives the self-confidence, smiles and feelings of happiness that result from a strong, lean body built from consistent physical activity and proper nutrition.
Exercise fuels your competitive nature by taking your efforts and performance levels to new heights. When you advance through the stages of an exercise and/or training program and start exceeding your expectations, a performance high of adrenaline, accomplishment and happy feelings soon follow. These positive feelings are often described as “euphoric” and/or may be known as a “runner’s high,” which can lead to an energizing and upbeat outlook in all areas of your life.
In addition to positively enhancing your mental well-being, regular exercise also can contribute to your internal body (organs) performing better and ultimately contribute to living longer. A recent study has shown that individuals who performed 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week lowered their mortality risk by 10 percent, while those who engaged in vigorous exercise reduced their mortality rate by 22 percent. 1
Researches commonly agree that exercise and a proper diet can lead to a healthy body and happy.
1Internal Journal of Epidemiology, 2011