Ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed and think you’re bound to have a bad day no matter what you do? Seeming as if you can’t revamp your mindset. On those days I have found the
best way to feel better and adjust my attitude is by exercising. This has helped me to challenge myself to work out on the days I least want to, because I know I will feel so much better
afterwards. Exercise is a great outlet for stress, anxiety, and depression.
The Science Behind Movement
Several studies have shown exercise dramatically increases your mood because of the chemicals released in your brain when working out. When you exercise your body releases
endorphins, endorphins trigger a positive sensation. The surge of these chemicals into your brain instantly increases your overall sense of happiness and joy. Endorphins also lower cortisol
levels. Cortisol is the hormone released when you’re stressed. So, it makes sense that we feel happier when we exercise since we are providing our body with feel-good chemicals, while also reducing our stress level.
How to Make it Count?
So now you may be thinking well how much do I need to exercise in order to change my mood and what kinds of exercises do I need to do? Well, don’t worry it’s easy and attainable. Studies
have shown that people who worked out for as little as ten minutes a day and only once a week were generally happier. Additionally, there is no one exercise that enhances your mood. Simply getting your body moving and your heart rate pumping a little prompts the release of those radiant chemicals to make you feel joyous. So, it doesn’t matter whether you want to go for a quick run, walk, bike ride, etc. because any workout will positively affect your mind space.
The best part of this is all is that you are going to feel the effects throughout your entire day. Don’t worry you don’t need to work out every couple hours in order to stay content. The benefits of your workout will payoff for up to twelve hours. I can contest to this, after working out I am excited and ready to conquer the day. So, the next time you’re having a bad day get up
and do something, give yourself a fresh start.
Written by GUADS intern