Happiness Workout

19 September, 2012

Regular exercise has been shown to enhance mood. A single workout can lift your spirits, and sticking to an exercise routine over time can lead to long-term improvements in overall well-being, quality of life, and your sense of control over life events. Strive to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day.

Firm, toned muscles, a stronger heart and lungs, increased immunity, and a better quality of life are just a few of the many benefits to be gained by working out regularly. In a study of older adults, researchers found that those who worked out regularly enjoyed long-term improvements in quality of life, self-efficacy, and mood. Before beginning a new exercise program, discuss your goals with your healthcare provider. And remember to start out slowly and gradually work your way toward longer workouts at a higher intensity.

SOURCES: Physical activity enhances long-term quality of life in older adults: efficacy, esteem, and affective influences. Elavsky, S., McAuley, E., Motl, R. W., Konopack, J. F., Marquez, D. X., Hu, L., Jerome, G. J., Diener, E., Annals of Behavioral Medicine 2005 Oct;30(2):138-145.

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