You may not start your fitness program to be nicer, but it is a side effect of working out and eating healthier. The most obvious reason is that it makes you feel good and when you feel good, you’re normally nicer to others, as well as kind to yourself. You’ll be healthier, more confident and even walk taller, exuding that confidence. That can make a huge difference in your life.
You’ll feel more energized.
Nothing is better for your mood than having plenty of energy. If you tire out long before the day ends, you’ll end up cranky and irritable. Extra energy can make you happier, even when others are running out of steam. A program of regular exercise helps. Even when you want to do nothing more than lay on a couch with covers piled on, getting up and exercising will boost your spirits while giving you plenty of energy in the process. That improved energy takes the angry and blahs out of any day.
You’ll burn off the hormones created by stress.
Stress is everywhere. It can come from a traffic jam, a shopping trip with the kids and even unexpected company. Stress causes the body to go into fight or flight mode, which means it sends hormones that make changes in the body to prepare for danger by staying and fighting or running like the wind. While that’s a great response if you have real danger, most stress today isn’t real and running from it or fighting isn’t a good solution. These hormones cause you to be mentally foggy and often cranky. A workout can help eliminate the hormones to let you feel great again.
Your body creates hormones that make you happy when you exercise.
When you workout, your body responses to the increased exercise by stimulating the brain to create hormones, such as dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps you enjoy both happiness and pleasure. As you age, that production of these hormones lower, which is why things seemed more fun as a kid. Exercise increases the production, so you’ll be happier while you get fitter. You’ll notice the difference right after you exercise and react to the rest of the world in a nicer manner.
When you’re subject to anxiety, you’re not your happiness. Studies show exercise can help reduce anxiety and leave you feeling happier.
You’ll look fantastic when you eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis. That should make you feel happier no matter who you are.
When you eat healthy, you improve the level of your blood sugar. Avoiding spikes and drops keeps you on a level key and happier.
You’ll sleep better at night when you exercise and a good night’s sleep can make you happier.