Happy Friday my friends! I hope everyone had an amazing week we have arrived at the weeks end and it is time to nourish our bodies with rest and good food, and a little fun! I hope you all found last weeks post on flexibility interesting and helpful. It is so crucial to be flexible in your workouts as well as your every day life, it makes life easier! With that said, exercise is something that I know a lot of people are afraid of because it hurts, you sweat, and it’s just hard! Aside from the benefits that exercise will have on your body, the impact that it will have on your mental health and emotional health is incredible.
The hormone believed to be responsible for our feelings of happiness is known as an endorphin. The more endorphins we have circulating in our bodies and reaching into our minds, the more content and happy we feel. Endorphins have also been found to be natural stabilizers. These stabilizers can often reduce the ability of some hormones to come together with specific neurons in our brains to result in the negative emotions.
Exercise has been found to actually raise the level of endorphins in our bodies. When this happens we tend to have an uplifting mood and we feel more at ease and just.. overall happier. Exercise can also significantly reduce the bodies/brain’s reaction to an over-production of hormones that can lead to negative emotions such as stress, frustration, and anger. A good work-out, (one that makes you really sweat) is like the “control-valve” on a pressure cooker. Exercise allows you to “vent” the negative emotions that have been building inside of you. You are able to mentally release all that is holding you back and literally sweat it out onto the floor. It does not matter what type of exercise you chose to give yourself this release, yoga, running, weight lifting, pilaties, team sports, hiking, skiing, and so on. Any one of these activities will put you through a physical and mental sweat and boost your endorphin level.
When we harbor negative emotions they will manifest themselves in our bodies physically. You could be feeling tired all the time, you may have headaches, or aches and pains all over your body, you might find yourself getting sick more often. These are all signs of a weakened immune system and sweating it out will most definitely bring you peace with these symptoms of negative emotion.
So, next time you are feeling stressed out, sad, upset, angry.. lace up your shoes and go on a run, your body will thank you for it!