Ever wondered why gym goers walk around with constant smiles on their faces? It’s no great coincidence that the most satisfied and positive people you know are also the fittest.
Getting your sweat on can lead to a better, more fulfilled life. Don’t believe me? Well, there’s a whole load of scientific evidence to prove it.
Just last month, new research published in the Journal of Happiness Studies showed a positive link between physical exercise and feelings of glee.
Yes, working out and increasing your fitness levels give you more than just rock, solid abs – it could also improve your life. Here are just five of the mind-blowing reasons that being fitter and more active will make you a happier person.
1. Your body releases ‘happy chemicals’
Got that post-workout buzz going? We’ve all been there. ‘Happy chemicals’ aren’t some pseudo-scientific term that people throw around for fun. They really do exist.
When you exercise or do any form of physical activity, your body releases what’s known as endorphins into your bloodstream. These chemicals trigger positive feelings in your brain which explains why you suddenly start to feel so awesome.
2. Exercise can reduce feelings of anxiety
Let’s not beat around the bush here. Anxiety and stress are killers. These psychological issues can impact your general health and even lead to heart attacks in the long run. What’s more, many people now suffer from these problems and don’t know where to turn.
You may have heard of many miracle cures for these problems, but I can think of only one that works – exercise. Research shows that high-intensity exercise is one of the most effective ways of combating feelings of anxiousness and stress.
3. You have more energy, not less!
Worried that hitting the gym will leave you tired and lazy? Nothing could be further from the truth. All too many people are under the impression that exercise drains you. The opposite is true.
In fact, a study from the University of Georgia found that regular physical activity actually leads to less fatigue and increased energy levels. Sure, it may sound crazy, but exercising will give you that daily boost that you’ve been looking for.
The truth is that the more you work out and train, the more energized and awake you will feel. That explains why super fit people are always on the go!
4. A killer body leads to life satisfaction
Unhappy with your physique? Feeling completely unfit? When you don’t love your body and take proper care of it, it affects more than just how you look. In truth, this small change makes you feel more positive and better than ever.
A national study by Chapman University recently looked at the role that people’s appearance and weight played in their overall life satisfaction. The research offered some interesting results.
How satisfied people were with their body image turned out to be one of the biggest factors in whether a person had a high level of overall life satisfaction.
Men put their body image at the top of the list when it came to what influenced their satisfaction, while women put it in third place. The takeaway is simple – a killer body helps people enjoy their lives.
5. You will get better sleep than ever
Feeling cranky and sleepy? I don’t need to tell you how important a good night’s sleep is to your happiness. When you don’t get the ZZZs you need at night, it directly affects how you feel the next day. You end up being moody, glum, and generally a pain to be around.
So, how can you get more sleep? Yes, you guessed it. Exercise is the answer yet again. A 2013 poll from the The National Sleep Foundation recently reported that people who are active and exercise frequently enjoy a better quality of sleep than those who don’t.
So, what are you waiting for?
Ready to start your fitness journey? What are you waiting for? There’s a whole bunch of reasons that getting active will improve your life and make you happier.
Fitness more than just a hobby. It’s a lifestyle and, possibly, the best one you could lead. The first steps might be the hardest but taking them is worth it. Start today!
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