How daily exercise can improve your mind, body and mood.
It is no secret that daily exercise and fitness can have an overwhelming effect on our bodies and our health. With more and more reports being published each day about the effects that obesity and a poor diet can have on our life span, our health and our day-to-day functions as humans, it seems that now, more than ever, adding fitness into our daily routine can do more for our health
than we originally thought.
For years, many reports have shown that including as little as 15 minutes of exercise into your daily routine can do wonders in the fight against illness, heart disease and our overall health and body functions. However, many researchers are just now beginning to discover that exercising regularly may do so much more than that.
No matter what kind of exercise you enjoy doing--whether it be an outdoor trek in the woods, a high-intensity indoor tennis match with your friends, or a quick bike ride to and from work--there is no denying that there is a certain "feel good" vibe that comes as an after-effect of a great exercise or workout routine
. However, this feeling is not just a beneficial side effect that comes along with fitness activities. It is actually the affect of exercise on your mind, your body and your mood.
Here are just a few ways in which daily exercise can help to change the way you look at your day-to-day life:
Improves Your Mood
Your physical activities and exercise routines play a key role in managing your mood and your stress levels. Fitness can not only help to calm you and energize you at the same time, but it also can put you in a much happier, lighthearted mood when you are feeling down. This is because exercising helps to release those "feel good chemicals" (endorphins) into your brain, which instantly give you a jolt of happiness and relaxation
. In fact, as little as 25 minutes of physical activity can mean the difference between a bad day and a good day.
Improves Your Health
There have been several studies published recently which report that green exercise?physical activity that is performed outside in the presence of nature (i.e. hiking, surfing, bike riding, jogging, etc.) --can lead to positive short and long-term health outcomes. Just taking a few minutes of each day to walk around outside and soak up the sights around you will have your body soaking up serious rewards.
Improves Your Brain
Many researchers have found that at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day, three days a week, has been shown to have a positive impact on brain functions
, including an increased size of the hippocampus (the part of the brain that is tied to memory and spatial navigation). Many other studies are also being conducted which prove that aerobic exercise keeps the aging brain, and the aging body, in prime, fighting form.
As if you needed another excuse to ditch the office during lunch time and soak up your time with nature, incorporating outdoor exercise into your day-to-day routine can have profound effects on your mind, body and mood.