When most people think of exercise, it is usually in the context of bodybuilding or as a way to lose weight. However, daily exercise is essential to help you live a better quality of life.
It has been shown that developing a daily 30-minute exercise routine reduces stress, counteract depression and anxiety, and prevent certain illnesses, such as heart disease.
In most cases, exercising daily are as effective as anti-depressants, and healthier for you, too, because of the many side effects that come with many medications.
When you work out, hormones such as endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, and testosterone are released, which naturally make you feel better.
Endorphins are known as “feel-good” hormones, because it acts as your body’s natural painkillers. Endorphins reduce discomfort, enhance pleasure, and improve self-esteem.
Serotonin controls your appetite, helps you sleep sounder, and regulates your mood. These factors all go hand-in-hand to make us feel happier, calmer, and more stable.
Dopamine is that pleasurable habit-forming hormone that keeps you coming back for more. It signals the reward and pleasure centers in our brain’s, which help motivate us to take action and work towards things that make us feel good.
Regular exercise, especially endurance and resistance training, raises testosterone levels. Testosterone, crucial for both men and women, is important for metabolism and muscle growth. Low levels can lead to depression and obesity.
Chronic stress is a major factor in many modern-day mental ailments such as depression and anxiety. The pressures of life can release too much cortisol and adrenaline. Regular exercise releases the previously listed “happy” hormones and counterbalances the overproduction of cortisol and adrenaline.
Lowering stress levels can also improve your immunity. Exercising daily boosts your immune system by circulating white blood cells faster throughout your system and fighting disease quicker.
Health professionals recommend that the average person exercise at least 30 minutes each day. However, if you feel this is just too difficult for you to manage, walking the dog, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, doing yard work, or anything that makes you more active, can certainly help maintain a better quality of life.