Happiness and fitness go hand in hand according to studies at Vermont – Research says that a human’s mood benefits with just 20 minutes of exercise and can last up to 12 hours.
But why do we become more happy when we exercise? And how do we use it to our advantage?
1.) Happy Chemicals are Released into our Brain!
Action Plan: If you’re looking for increased happiness, a great way is to set small achievable fitness goal to release this chemical reaction. Try running a mile (for time), performing more pull-ups, cross country skiing in a 5k race, biking to work, slide board for 30 minutes a day.
2.) Exercise Outdoors
Go for a walk with a friend or join a fitness group that is held outside. There are more and more programs that offer this type of setting like yoga in the park, walking groups, biking teams, or dog parks.
Fitness is trending towards being outdoors because of the larger boost in happiness we receive when we’re outside. (More engaged and less tense)
3.) Join a Team or a Fitness Group
A study performed by UCLA is showing that humans are meant to be social, and teams/groups are a perfect way to be social and get exercise at the same time. There are many options for people when it comes to group activities.
Find a sports team such as soccer, softball, or volleyball. Join a crossfit gym or a ski club. You can also find less intense activities such as bird watching groups or scenic walk clubs.
All of these styles of fitness help mask the idea of exercise (ugh… work) and make it more fun!