We’ve all heard it before: exercising makes you a happier person. But did you know, as little as 20 minutes of physical activity can boost your mood for up to 12 hours? Or better yet, working out for 30-60 minutes just a few times a week can provide mental health benefits.
When you’re feeling down or having a really bad day, try doing something physically active to get your mind off of it. Working out when you’re in a bad mood has a more powerful effect on your mental state. Adding music to your routine also helps to improve your mood.
Why are you still sitting at the computer? Get out and do something! Exercising outdoors is more beneficial than exercising indoors, and is a great way to get in touch with nature. But maybe being outdoors isn’t your thing. Instead, try watching something when you’re running on the treadmill; your favorite TV show can make working out more enjoyable.
Do you really need anymore motivation to work out? Just remember what Elle Woods once said: “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.”