EXERCISE FOR HAPPINESS! Beyond having a swimsuit-ready, developing grapefruit-sized muscles, or even having happy heart, being physically active improves your psychological health. Regular exercise improves your mood and makes you less likely to get depressed. It can also help you handle stressful situations calmly.
Whether or not you are feeling blue, exercise can lift your mood and help you feel positive, even in times of adversity. Exercise alleviates depression by providing a natural antidepressant, things in perspective. Aerobic exercise forces oxygenated blood to the brain as well as to other parts of the body.
Have you ever heard of “Runner’s high”? It refers to the euphoric feeling that comes from the rush of endorphins that are released during vigorous exercise.
When aerobics exercise gets blood flowing to the brain, this new blood changes the chemical makeup within the brain and can have the same affect as drugs prescribed for depression. Also, exercise triggers the release of endorphins, which are hormones that produce a sense of well being and reduce stress.
When you are depressed, staring at four walls of your room might seem like the answer. Alas, it is not . Getting out and moving around is the best thing you can do for yourself . It can change your outlook for the better. Even if all you feel like doing is walking-walk! even minimal exercise can get you out of a rut, change your perspective, broaden your vision , even boost your self esteem. Hey you might get inspired to do more. Some psychologists and psychiatrists prescribe exercise to their patients and see good results. These patients often show improved mood and functioning.