Exercise and Your Mood
Daily workouts have been proven to be one of the best ways to maximise and improve your energy, mood, efficiency and overall health. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that trigger a positive feeling in the body, endorphins also reduce depression, anxiety and overall bad moods by reducing the level of stress hormones in the body such as adrenaline and cortisol.
Regular exercise has been proven to:
* Reduce stress
* Ward off anxiety and feelings of depression
* Boost self-esteem
* Improve sleep
* Increase energy
Early morning exercise is the most beneficial, there is no better way to start your day than to get up and get your body moving. Working out in the morning wakes up your body and prepares your mind for the day. Studies have shown that people who exercise in the morning feel less stressed when they get to work. It has also been shown that you burn up to 20% more body fat by exercising in the morning before your first meal.
So what should you do? What type, duration and intensity should you aim for?
*When you first start your exercise program, you should plan a routine that is easy to follow and maintain.
*Aim for 30 minutes per day of moderate activity such as walking. You could then start to ramp it up by running for 5 minutes and walking for 5 minutes for 30 minutes. As you get fitter you can then increase the duration and your speed each session.
*It is important to mix up your exercise so you don’t get bored. Try adding in a yoga or Pilates class. Get a couple of your friends to come to a gym class with you.
The aim is to establish a daily exercise habit that you enjoy to train the brain to respond with feelings of happiness xx