Exercise promotes happiness and can have an antidepressant effectNo real news here, but the theme is definitely worth repeating. One of the most overlooked things that people can do to make themselves happier is to exercise regularly. Vigorous regular exercise is a pretty good anti-depressant, and it just helps you feel better about yourself and your life overall. One of those things that exercisers know, but relatively few therapists and doctors prescribe, probably because therapy is supposed to be about doing something mental (or chemical) to make you feel better, and exercise is so physical. It works because the mind and the body are one interconnected thing and not separate things. When you exercise regularly, you tone your body and metabolism, regulates stress hormones like cortisol, and promotes the release of endorphins (morphine-like substances that your body naturally releases when you exercise). I'm sitting on the couch right now surfing the net, looking for things to report to you all, but now that I've come across this, I'm going to visit the gym (grin!).
Exercise = Happiness - - Jul 7th 2009
Exercise = Happiness. Simple as that!
agreement - john - Jun 23rd 2007
......I normally walk one hour a day......it keeps my weight within personal accepted thresholds....but today....today I walked two hours....two intervals of one hour each...AND I biked outside for one hour.....with some problems of occassional hilly terrain....I get home ......and I feel terriffic.....I mean reallly GOOD.......I feel so good...I can t sleep.....whatever is happening to me is a wonderful experience because I feel HAPPY...real HAPPY....better than pizza or ice-cream or sex.....better than ego satisfaction.....perhaps its endorphins......but why the elongated time parameter.?....one possible explanation is that for some people exercise enhances other body chemicals (besides endorphins)..i.e. neuro-transmitters.....it makes me think....SSRI s are a common mood enhancer for most people....what about the synergistic effects of exercise and drugs??? I m not a phd. but a speculative thought would be appreciated