Exercise & being fit will make you a happier person the latest study finds
People can know fitness is good for the heart and body, helping you live better and longer. But it also spurs the release of endorphins, those feel-good chemicals that promote happiness and contentment. Making Personal Training a perfect treatment for depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. This is one reason why many people are seeking personal training for therapy.
And now a new study in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology adds even more evidence to the “happiness” benefit.
Researchers from the Penn State University found that the more physically active people reported greater general feelings of excitement and enthusiasm, compared with the less physically active and fit people.
“We found that people who are more physically active have more pleasant-activated feelings than people who are less active, and we also found that people have more pleasant-activated feelings on days when they are more physically active than usual,” study researcher Amanda Hyde.
The study tracked the daily activities of 190 college-age students, who were asked to journal the amount and level of physical activity they got in their free time (15 minutes or more), the amount and quality of sleep they got each night, and their overall mental states. At the end of each day for eight days, the participants gave their journals to the researchers.
“Our results suggest that not only are there chronic benefits of physical activity, but there are discrete benefits as well,” Hyde said in the statement. “Doing more exercise than you typically do can give you a burst of pleasant-activated feelings. So today, if you want a boost, go do some moderate-to-vigorous intensity exercise.”
This is not the only study to support exercise for happiness, a study came out in the Journal of Business and Psychology with evidence that bosses who don’t take the time to exercise are more stressed, compared with bosses who make time for fitness, because of the happiness chemicals released in the brain from exercise. This proves that personal training can also help in your career no matter what industry or job you are in.