When you exercise, it will increase endorphins, dopamine, and adrenaline.
These are all brain chemicals associated with feeling happy, confident, and capable, along with feeling less anxiety and stress and even less physical pain.
Let’s discuss whether exercise can make us happier.
Can Exercise Make Me Happier?
When we exercise, the body releases chemicals that boost your sense of well-being and suppress hormones that cause stress and anxiety.
Among the chemicals released are endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine neurotransmitters which are related to pain and depression emotions.
Exercise also reduces hormone activity of adrenalin and cortisol which promote feelings of anxiety and tension.
You don’t need to participate in demanding physical activity to reap the benefits of exercise
Walking, stretching and low-level strength training can all be effective in lowering stress and anxiety. Studies have shown that more physical activity throughout the day has been linked to individuals who report feeling happier.
Physical Activity and Mood
There have been several studies showing a link between physical activity and mood. Physical activity has been shown to be a known preventative measure for depression and may even rival or surpass antidepressants in addressing those issues.
A 2018 review found that people felt happier with as little as 10 minutes of physical activity per week.
Exercising outdoors may provide an additional happiness boost, as well. For example, a 2013 study showed that exercising in nature increases mood and self-esteem, while also decreasing tension, anger, and depression.
Exercise provides so many benefits that can help us live happier lives. It can boost mood, improve your memory, and even help you live longer.
It has a powerful effect on your brain, helping it function better in many ways, especially to increase mood and memory.
Spend some time outdoors being active, or just get moving when and where you can. Have fun, get moving and give yourself this benefit.
Let your physical well-being support a positive energetic mind state.