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Friday, July 8, 2011

Exercise and Mood

We all know we should exercise. It keeps our hearts healthy, it staves off disease, and it can be a GREAT MOOD LIFTER!

During exercise, your brain releases endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine. These are chemicals that work together to make you feel good. :)

A study at the University of Vermont showed that exercise may increase mood up to 12 HOURS following physical activity. WOW!

The Mayo clinic states other emotional and physiological benefits as well:
1. Gaining confidence
2. Taking your mind off worries
3. Getting more social interaction
4. Coping in a healthier way

These are just a few tidbits regarding exercise and mood which I found interesting. There will be MANY more to come. I know that for myself, exercise definitely makes me feel better. Nothing releases my anxiety and worry like a good run, and nothing calms and soothes my mind like an hour or more of yoga.
What better way to cope than exercise? 

1 comment:

Mike Bollinger said...

I didn't used to think exercise was such a big deal, but it can make a huge difference in anybody's life, even mine ;-)