Isn’t it funny that we often think of exercise as a burden?
It makes us feel good, yet it’s still so hard to choose the gym over something like Netflix. And if necessary, many of us could come up with a million and one excuses for why we don’t have even just a little bit of time to work up a daily sweat.
But what if we had a better understanding of how exercise makes us happy? And not just during and directly after the fact, but the lasting effects that permeate into all areas of our lives.
Maybe a close look at the bigger picture could help us see the deed in a more positive light. Maybe we could look at it not as a chore, but something to look forward to and even enjoy.
It goes way beyond endorphins, losing weight, and looking good. It’s about creating the one thing that almost everyone in this world is after, a happy life.
Here’s how exercise can help your pursuit.
It keeps you healthy.
Let's start with the obvious: exercise is essential to good health; this likely isn’t news to you, but sometimes it’s easy to forget that health is essential to happiness. A daily workout routine can help to prevent cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, depression and many other diseases.
It reduces stress.
Stress leads us to feel grouchy, frazzled, and even tired, but it definitely doesn’t make us happy. Of course, everyone has to deal with stress, but exercise can help to lessen its effects. Plus, it contributes to poor health. Chronic stress is associated with conditions like cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety, headaches, back and neck pain, and sleep problems.