Everyone knows that it’s healthy to play sports or be physically active. But do you know why? Today I am sharing 5 reasons why exercise makes you happy & healthy. As a young boy I remember coming home from school or going to my grandparents. I would get home eat a snack, watch 30-60 minutes of a show and then go outside and play. If it was too cold or rainy, then I would play inside. The feeling that it gave me was unlike anything else. During play I was happy, but even after I went home I had more joy and it was easy to do homework and chores. Note: This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
The science on why exercise makes you happy
One of the reasons exercise makes you happy is because of the endorphin’s in your body. When you exercise, your body releases these chemicals. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
Focus on the positive
There are so many things we deal with in today’s world and one is because we learn things so fast. With technology we are able to find thing out so fast. There are times when something happens to somebody and through social media others find out in seconds, before the main character ever knows. So with all of this going on the best thing we can do is think positive. In a study I found on Harvard School of Health, they speak of how happy people even live longer. “In a 2007 study that followed more than 6,000 men and women aged 25 to 74 for 20 years, for example, she found that emotional vitality—a sense of enthusiasm, of hopefulness, of engagement in life, and the ability to face life’s stresses with emotional balance—appears to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.”
Youths who exercise are happier
This is one of the first steps of building good habits for the rest of your life. Youths who exercise are going to be healthier compared to kids that don’t. That’s just the facts… But it also builds habits and mental strength for when you are older. When you go through hard workouts or games as a youngster you build memory, so that when you are older you know you can get through a workout or a hard day at work even. There are so many reasons from releasing endorphin’s, building confidence, being encouraged by people, being a part of something.
Not all youth athletes are getting the exercise they need. Even in sports that require a lot of running, like soccer. I have seen so many practices where the players are literally standing around. And this doesn’t mean the coach is bad or the practice is bad. There is so much to teach that some practices are more learning tactics or positions, which means less exercise.
Setting good habits for life
Life happens fast for all of us. So before we know it the next chapter of our lives already came and went. So having good habits from a young age help us forever. Not only because we know we have done it before, but also we have triggered those good habits of thinking. The cool thing is if you are already 16 years old you have a high chance of already having those habits set. That’s why it’s so important to be taught the importance at a young age of 7-10, because those are the ages you believe everything you hear. So by the time you are about done with high school and into college you have set those habits for life.
Adults who exercise
Today’s generation is the most out of shape. Fitness gyms and trainers are booming because most adults want to be healthy. They know that it will make them look better, but do they know that exercise makes you happy? Some do and some don’t, but those who do I can tell you feel happier than if they didn’t exercise. It helps release frustration which helps you think more on the positive things.
One of the best ways to get exercise
Most important always get a proper warm-up, meaning a slow warm up that last about 5-10 minutes. This will not only reduce injury that day, but days to come. Once you warmed up good, then get a stretch. In this nice long warm-up and stretch, you have already reached the point where you are now burning fat. Some people think that jogging around the block a few times is going to help them lose weight. Well if you only jog around the block for 12 minutes or 15 minutes you have only burned some calories, but zero fat.
Another cool thing to do is once you have warmed up and stretched and then completed your workout, you can then clean or work around the house. This helps keep your heart rate up and you continue to burn fat. So instead of going straight to the shower, get some work done around the house after your workout. Remember, you don’t have to have fancy gear or a gym membership to get in shape.