Sure, exercise is good for us – we hear about it all the time (and it ends up making most of us feel rather guilty!).
This article answers the question “Why do I feel so good after working out?”
How does exercise manage to make you feel like a happier person and less stressed out, less anxious?
Let’s take a closer look…
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Dopamine – The Happy Pill
Exercise is a surefire way of increasing the Dopamine levels inside your brain. Why is this a good thing?
Well, Dopamine is pretty much like a ‘happy pill’ that controls feelings of pleasure and happiness/contentment. The older we get, the less Dopamine neurotransmitter we can naturally produce.
So get out there – hit up that cardio and bully your brain’s dopamine production!
This is quite cool – because we all know how stressful modern work life can get!
When you exercise, you’re actually subjecting yourself to a low-level form of stress by raising your heart rate and triggering a burst of hormonal changes.
So this ‘small measure’ of stress that comes in the form of exercise, is actually training your body to handle the ‘BIG stress’ situations when they arise. AKA – you will eventually be able to handle anything life throws at you (well, within reason!).
In my experience, 99.9% of people that are looking to lose weight through exercise, have low confidence…usually because they are ashamed or unhappy with the way they look!
Most people experience some form of low self-esteem when they are overweight – period!
Low self-esteem is a nasty f##ker – it can get in the way of relationships (and your sex life), your career, and it can even eat into your goals and aspirations for the future.
When you begin to notice cardio taking hold, and your body shape changes, for the better – your confidence will begin to grow.
Exercise will not only make you like how you look, it will also make you feel stronger, more independent.
You also begin to feel in control of your body – as you see your body transform through your efforts, you feel accomplished, you now KNOW that you have the power to make drastic changes to your lifestyle.
Improving Your Sleep Patterns
When I was in my early twenties, I started seeing the first signs of my lifestyle catching up with my waistline, and I was NOT living in a healthy manner. I can remember that this was a time in my life where I was struggling to get in any sort of natural sleep.
I’ve got an addictive personality – so sleeping pills were never really an option for me…so I had to find another solution.
What was that solution?
Five-a-side football (or ‘soccer’, depending on where you are reading this!).
You see, exercising on a regular basis has been shown to improve sleeping problems of insomniacs, and people with similar disorders.
Almost immediately, I felt completely exhausted by about half eleven every night – which was amazing because I NEVER went to bed before midnight, EVER!
I also found that the new exercise gave me a bit of a ‘pep’ every morning, I was now able to jump straight out of bed…instead of crawling out of bed like a zombie!
All of a sudden I couldn’t wait to get the day started – I wanted to get out of bed as soon as I opened my eyes (it was a VERY drastic change from what I was used to!).
A Reason to Start NOW!
I know all of this sounds a little intimidating, especially if the whole concept of exercise or healthy living is new to you. BUT, get your head around the following fact…
If you have never exercised before or not for a long time, your happiness gains will be the highest if you start now. When you start exercising, the feeling of euphoria is the highest.
Surely that’s worth trying out?
Giving it a go is the first step!
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