How happy are you? If we believe the statistics, then chances are you’re not a happy camper, according to the findings in the Better Life Index for 2012 of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Each year, this survey rates life satisfaction factor in 36 developed countries, based on indicators such as economic prosperity, health care, employment, and a strong social support network. The USA didn’t make it to the top 10, taking 12th place behind “happier” nations such as Australia, Switzerland, and Scandinavian countries.
And, the news is even grimmer for our area: according to 2010 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Michigan, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio are among the 10 “saddest” states in America when it comes to factors such as physical and emotional health, work environment, and access to basic goods and services (Phew! At least it wasn’t South Carolina). If you are sad, anxious, stressed out or depressed you should find effective ‘pick-me-uppers’. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you have to move to another country or a happier state.
Whatever problems or challenges you are facing in your personal or professional life, there is evidence that a regular exercise or Beaufort fitness program will help combat the blues. In fact, studies have shown that a regular Beaufort health and fitness routine could be as effective in treating depression as certain medications.
Here are some ways that physical activity can help lift your mood:
- Exercise produces endorphins and raises the body’s levels of dopamine, seratonin, and norepinephrine – natural “feel good” chemicals.
- It helps release emotional tension and pent-up frustrations, as well as distract you from worries and negative thoughts that cause stress and anxiety.
- Exercise boosts our confidence and makes us more resilient and empowered, so the more you work out, the better you’ll be able to handle the curveballs life throws at you.
What kind of fitness program will lift your mood most effectively?
Start with resistance training and interval training, followed by stretching and breathing exercises to release stress and tension. When you fully exert, you can fully relax.
You may not think of resistance training and interval training as a “feel-good” exercise. We at EarthFIT suggest Beaufort personal training and or Beaufort fitness program that will make you healthier, stronger, fitter, and will boost your morale as well. If you manage to avoid and prevent medical conditions related to inactivity, such as obesity, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and diabetes, and if you significantly reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other age-related mental and physical disabilities, that should certainly make you happier.
Ian Hart is a Body-Mind Transformation expert, the creator of EarthFIT Training Systems, co-creator of BACK PAIN RELIEF4LIFE, and founder of BEAUFORTPERSONALTRAINING.COM and MYBACKPAINCOACH.COM. Ian and his team help people get into optimal shape in the safest, fastest and most effective way possible, using cutting edge science.