We all know exercising is good for us. Its keep our body strong, keeps us at a healthy weight, keeps us mobile going into old age. But did you know exercising can also make us happier? There is no denying that after a HIIT session, run, walk in the park we experience a high …the post-workout high. 

Here are 4 reasons why exercising makes us happier. 

Confidence booster 

When we aren’t feeling too good about the way we look it’s very easy to fall into a pit of despair. This low confidence can affect all aspects of your life (Relationships, Career, socialising) 

However, when we start to exercise and you see your body change, you feel yourself getting fitter and stronger your confidence is also boosted. 

Increase in mental resilience

When we exercise in a way that really pushes you mentally (Example: Half marathon) not only are you physically getting tougher you are mentally getting tougher. When you are mentally tougher you can handle more stress. For a lot of people, this increase in mental resilience is extremely addictive which can see people pushing there mind and bodies even further by taking part in extreme sports. 

Happy chemicals are released into our brain

“When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine” https://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/exercise-depression#1

Exercise increases energy 

Exercise can improve energy levels by strengthening the circulation and the heart muscle, and in return will improve energy levels. Scientists have concluded that one of the best ways to beat fatigue and boost energy is to exercise more, not less.  https://www.sharecare.com/health/energy-boosters/how-does-exercise-improve-energy