Exercises to make you happier

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Exercises to make you happier Exercise is so much more than just losing weight and aesthetics; it is a one-way ticket to helping us feel happier and healthier

The ManicaPost

 

WANT to maximise your endorphin release?

 

These training styles will do just that.

Exercise is so much more than just losing weight and aesthetics; it is a one-way ticket to helping us feel happier and healthier.

Even just as little as 10 minutes a day can lift your mood, according to a 2018 study.

Of course, any type of exercise that we genuinely enjoy is good for us and can leave us feeling more upbeat and energised, even something as simple as going for a brisk walk.

But, there are some types of exercise that can get your endorphins pumped more than others.

Below, Holly Braithwaite, co-founder of the fitness app POW8R, shares the five exercises that will maximise your endorphin release, if you’re in need of a bit of a boost!

HIIT

High-intensity interval training where you do short bursts of intense activity followed by brief periods of recovery has been on the scene for a while, but recently it has been having a resurgence.

“HIIT work-outs are fantastic for releasing endorphins because they push your body to the limit in a short amount of time, leading to a surge of the feel-good hormones,” says Holly.

It is time efficient too, as work-outs often vary between 10 to 20 minutes, making it easy to slot in around busy schedules.

As well as getting those endorphins pumping, HIIT can also burn fat, boost your metabolism, build muscle and is great for your cardiovascular health.

Running

There is a reason for the phrase ‘runners high’ and it’s because lacing up your running shoes can make you feel fantastic!

Plus studies have shown that exercising outdoors can actually boost our self-esteem, mood and even relieve feelings of depression.

“Running or jogging stimulates both the cardiovascular and nervous systems, triggering a release of endorphins that can last for hours,” says Holly.

Yoga

If you are looking for an activity that’s a little more slow-paced and mindful, then yoga could be one to consider.

 

According to research, yoga can elevate the brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is associated with decreasing anxiety and improving our mood.

It has also been shown to improve our self-confidence, body image and help us feel relaxed.

“Whether you prefer, a vigorous Vinyasa flow or a calming Yin session, yoga can help alleviate tension and enhance your mood,” says Holly.

 

There are different types of yoga, so it is all about finding the one that’s right for you.

Dancing

Is it possible to stay in a grump while dancing? Never!

“Dance work-outs, such as Zumba or dance aerobics, can make exercising feel like a celebration, releasing a flood of endorphins to lift your spirits,” says Holly.

According to researchers, it boosts all four of our feel-good hormones: dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins.

If the music is upbeat, has positive lyrics or a fast tempo, even better.

 

As a study by the British Academy of Sound Therapy found, listening to just nine minutes of this type of music resulted in increased energy levels and a boost in confidence.

Group classes

Group settings aren’t just great for helping you overcome gymtimidation, they are one of the best ways to alleviate your mood too.

 

While research shows that happiness is contagious, working out with others can be fun, motivating, not to mention it’s a great chance to meet new people.

“The social aspect of group fitness really can’t be underestimated,” says Holly.

“The camaraderie and shared energy can significantly amplify the endorphin release.”— www.t3.com.

 

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