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Is there a link between exercise and happiness?

March 25, 2010

For me and many of you that workout with me I know tht is a big YES!!! I know that there are days that you do not 100% ready to go, but I have seen many of you go out and give it you all, and that’s what it’s all about.  It’s those days where you really don’t want to and dig deep and do it that make you who you are as both a person and an athlete. Here is the article that I wantde to share with you today…

If you’ve ever been stressed out, you may have attempted to relieve your anxiety in a number of ways: eating, logging hours in front of the television, or increasing your use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs (both legal and illegal). All of these represent attempts to take your mind off your worries, or in some instinctual way to alter your brain chemistry a bit. And sometimes it works.

However, many of our go-to strategies — like gorging on chocolate ice cream or having an extra glass or two of wine — also have negative consequences, especially when carried out repeatedly. In the long run, some behaviors undertaken to increase happiness can actually decrease it.

There is another strategy for reducing stress and improving mood that not only seems to make people happier, but also yields positive long-term effects more conducive to long-term happiness: exercise. Continue reading here

One Comment leave one →
  1. Kelly Kopp permalink
    March 31, 2010 8:55 pm

    Exercise has been my personal therapist since grad school. It has gotten me through some of the worst times of my life (relatively 🙂 intact. Great article.

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