Why Physical Activity Make Us Feel Good
We all know that physical activity is good for us… but why?
Aside from helping to control and manage our weight, physical activity has several other benefits. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, lowers blood pressure, and strengthens muscles and bones.
Despite the majority of us knowing that moving more helps us to live healthier, happier lives not all of us are doing enough - or even any at all.
So rather than going over the same old facts about what physical activity does to our bodies, we want to discuss a different angle.
Let’s discuss how physical activity makes us feel!
Improve Your Self Esteem
Self-esteem is a phrase that many will have heard of but not necessarily understand.
Our self-esteem is the way that we perceive ourselves, how we feel about ourselves and how we rate our own self-worth.
So what has self-esteem got to do with physical activity?
By being physical active we can feel more positive about our body image, achieve things we didn’t think we were capable of and create a sense of purpose and progress. Simple!
Generally, if we are tired then we sleep better.
But being physically active increases the likelihood of a good night’s sleep for more reasons that just making us tired!
Physical activity helps to reduce stress levels and anxiety. This helps us to ease restlessness as well as reducing the risk of developing sleep disorders and issues.
Physical activity can also help increase the quality of our sleep.
When we are more active, we spend more time in deep sleep which is the restorative phase of sleep. This helps to boost the immune system, cardiac health and also reduce stress and anxiety levels.
Reduced Risk of Depression
Physical activity at any level or intensity has been shown to have a positive impact on our mood.
This is partly down to the fact that exercise releases chemicals in our bodies. These cause reactions in our brains and facilitate lowered stress, increased positivity and happy thoughts.
These feel good chemicals are called endorphins.
It is important to note that physical activity is not necessarily a cure for depression or mental health issues. But it be useful to promote a happy and healthy mindset. Medical advice from a doctor or a medical professional should be sought after if you feel that your mental health is not as it should be.
Exercise makes us tired and less energetic right? Wrong!
In fact, being more physically active can actually increase our energy levels and make us more productive.
Exercise trains our hearts to work more efficiently. This means it is able to support the muscles in our bodies more effectively and giving us that feeling of energy.
When our hearts work more effectively, it also helps to boost brain function and alertness. Head and heart working in perfect harmony!
Why not find out how good a bit of additional movement could make you feel?