Nowadays it is sometimes as simple as taking a pill to help improve your mood. Instead, take control of your attitude by exercising your bad mood away!
Studies have shown that when you finish an intense 30 minute workout, the after effects are as potent as any medication the doctor can give you. When you exercise, your body naturally releases adrenaline, endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin, also known as neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters, located in your brain, control various functions in the body such as appetite, sleep, memory, learning, body temperature, mood, behavior, and muscle contraction. In other words, when these neurotransmitters are activated, your body functions at an optimum level.
For those of us who do not get relief from prescription medications, exercise can be a natural alternative. Think about the last time you completed a grueling workout. How did you feel? Besides feeling sweaty, more often than not, after you have accomplished a seriously intense workout, you will feel an immediate sense of pride which is extremely rewarding. At the same time, exercise promotes stress relief, which is a phenomenally healthy and productive way to prevent depression and anxiety.
Exercise not only helps your mood, but it also helps prevent chronic illness, such as high blood pressure, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc. The list is endless. The chemicals released inside of your body during and after exercise help prevent these illness from getting the best of us.
So the next time you feel blue, or like you would rather stay in bed then face the world, take control and make a choice to feel good. It’s as easy as getting your weights out and kicking your negative mood to the curb! Chances are, you’ll feel better in no time.
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