The summer flew by and the school year is gearing up to start. Oftentimes, this point in the year prompts some end-of-the-summer blues that can be hard to shake. But this year let’s take a moment to focus on staying happy because we might just have a solution for you! Did you know that studies show an increase in levels of happiness with regular exercise? Maybe that’s why roller skating puts a smile on all of our faces! Take a look at the science behind what physical activity does to our happiness!
- Short Term Happiness – Studies have shown that just 20 minutes of exercise and physical activity can boost ones mood for up to 12 hours after.
- Endorphins – When we head to the gym (or better yet, head to the rink) and get some activity in, our feel-good brain chemicals (endorphins) are increased.
- Turn that Frown Upside Down – Most of us are more prone to workout when we are in a better mood. But if we exercise while we’re feeling a little blue, the effects on our mental state are the most powerful.
- Destress – Exercise is a wonderful way to decompress and calm the nerves. Many people gravitate toward unhealthy habits, such as over-eating, to cope, but exercise is much healthier and more effective tool for managing stress, anxiety and depression.