You’ve probably heard that exercise can improve your mood, but some of the other benefits are just as important!
First, let’s quickly go over what happens in your body after exercise, and then what all the great benefits are that improve your health. One of the effects of exercise is the release of something called dopamine in your body. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, meaning it has an effect in your brain – the biggest benefit being your mood and motivation! Dopamine is also released in your body when you’ve accomplished something, helping to give you that feeling of satisfaction. This means that after you exercise, you will feel more happy, calm, and content.
Exercise also causes the release of hormones called endorphins in your body. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers and can help you push past pain to get on with your day, and also simply make you feel good! Endorphins are sometimes linked to what runners call the ‘runner’s high’, where people find an amazing euphoria sensation, fueled by positivity, less pain, less stress, and less anxiety.
Doing exercise regularly can multiply these benefits as the body regularly feels less stress, more positive, and less pain. Therefore, you have less time where the negative effects of stress and anxiety are having a negative effect on the body and your health. Some scientists claim that endorphins improve immune system function and lower blood pressure. Reducing anxiety and feelings of depression will help raise your self-esteem and improve your mood. Frequent exercise has a direct effect on endorphin release – the more you exercise, the more endorphins you produce each time you exercise!
Low dopamine levels cause you to feel tired, unmotivated, weak, and also give you a worse night’s sleep.
So aside from the major health benefits of exercise, including weight management and a healthy heart, exercise also helps to boost your mood, increase motivation, minimize pain, and improve your sleep.
You can also boost these effects by getting 8 hours of sleep at night and having a healthy diet – Giving you a recipe for a happier, healthier life.