I strongly believe in the power of the mind. Your mindset determines your achievements and your failures.

Any kind of training approached with a negative mindset won’t work or won’t last long-term.

If you see exercise as a chore, this article will hopefully help you to change your mind.

Why? Because exercise truly makes us happy!

This is 5 top how:

1. Exercise is a mood-lifter

Science backs me up here.

When you exercise your brain recognise this as a moment of stress. As your heart pressure increases, the brain thinks you are either fighting an enemy or fleeing from it. To protect yourself and your brain from stress, you release a chemical called Serotonin.

Serotonin has a reparative element to your memory neurones and acts as a reset switch. That is why things seem clearer and we feel so at ease and eventually happy after exercise.

At the same time endorphins, another chemical to fight stress is released in your brain. The endorphins tend to minimise the discomfort of exercise, block the feeling of pain and are also associated with feelings of euphoria.

So Serotonin and Endorphins are the reason why we are feeling happy after training.

2. Exercise boosts your confidence

When you don’t feel good in your own body and on how you look, it lowers your self- esteem. And that can have a negative impact on pretty much all area in your life: your relationships, your career, and your goals.

Increasing your exercise level is definitely a good way to burn calories, therefore helping you losing fat mass.

You will also feel stronger, more independent and therefore more confident.

3. Exercise Prevents Health Problems

Physical activity prevents a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, arthritis and more. Being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases.

If you suffer or anxiety or depression exercise may be a simple cure. The immediate mood boost from exercise is followed by a long-term sense of relief.

And without talking extreme, can help prevent a number of injuries and facilitate your day-to-day activities.

After a good weight lifting sessions, those shopping bags will seem very easy to carry!

4. Exercise boosts your energy level

Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go through your daily routine.

5. Exercise is fun

It gives you a chance to experiment and challenge yourself. Not really a competitive person? Exercise can now be social!

Get into a community class with friends or colleagues is the best way to socialise, have fun and get your workout done.

Exercise is not equal biceps curls in the gym!

Enjoy the outdoors, go for a run or a fast paced walk. Or simply engage in activities that make you happy: take a dance class or join a netball team.

Find a physical activity you enjoy, try different things.

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