How Breaking a Sweat Can Improve Your Mood

Figuring out a regular workout schedule is about more than just staying fit and looking great, it can actually improve moods. The effects can be dramatic and long lasting but the key is making a concerted effort toward establishing a consistent routine. While the workout itself doesn’t necessarily need to push you to your limits, the important thing is that you can stick to it for the long term. If you are looking for way to motivate yourself toward a healthier lifestyle, both mentally and physically, take a look at a few of the benefits that come with daily exercise.

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Enjoying endorphins

The basic science behind exercise’s benefits on the brain all comes down to endorphins. These little chemicals are released into your system during exercise and can have all sorts of positive effects on your system like fighting depression, reducing stress, and leaving you with an overall feeling of wellbeing. So next time you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, why not try a few jumping jacks or a jog around the block?

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Focusing your attention

In a world of Twitter and Facebook, we all suffer from symptoms of ADHD to some extent, whether it is just a simple urge to check your phone or more serious social media procrastination. The good news is that exercise is proven to boost the body’s production of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels which can all improve your focus. In this way, exercise works in much the same way as popular drugs like Adderall and Ritalin.

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Achieving goals

Exercise goals can be different for everybody. While for one person running a ten minute mile is a major accomplishment, another may be working to get in a few dozen crunches per day. Really, it doesn’t matter what your particular goals are when it comes to personal fitness, just that they are challenging and push you farther and farther each day. By setting and achieving goals on a regular basis, no matter how small, you will begin to build up a bit of extra confidence.