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You wake up to find you forgot to make your lunch for work, setting you back a few minutes in the morning. Your kids are barely getting out of bed and refuse to get dressed. All of this makes you late for work, again. You arrive at work to a disgruntled coworker telling you off for something that wasn’t your job to begin with. You knew it was just going to be one of those days. Five o’clock comes around and the last thing you want to do is exercise. You know you will feel bad if you don’t, but this day has been terrible and you are just dying for a glass of wine or a big bowl of chocolate ice cream. We have all been there. We have all skipped the gym or class because we just didn’t want to deal with exercising. You may have thought that skipping your work out was the right choice, but we are actually all  better off choosing to exercise.

Did you know that exercise can completely change your mood and give you a better outlook on the day? Yes, even those terrible days when nothing goes right. Here’s why.

1. Exercise releases happy chemicals into your brain

Exercising releases dopamine, which is a necessary chemical for happiness. The best way to increase your brain’s dopamine production is exercise. So run, lift, jump, dance and be happy! Let that terrible day get SWEAT away.

2. Exercise makes you less stressed

Not only will working out ease stress in the short term by helping you sweat out the day’s worries and distract you from those nagging problems, but regular exercise will help you become less stressed in the long term as well.

By exercising, you are actually subjecting yourself to low-level stress, triggering a burst of hormones and raising your heart rate. Eventually your body will get better at handling stress because it is being conditioned to do so.

The less stress your body and mind have to handle, the happier you become.

3. Exercising energizes you

We all have days when we are absolutely exhausted, from not sleeping well or chasing the kids around all day. The last thing we want to do on a day like that is workout. When you are having one of those days, do your best to muster some energy and exercise. Chances are, you will feel more energized after your workout than before. Think about all of those fabulous Zumba and R.I.P.P.E.D. classes that made you feel awesome once you were finished. You know they made you feel energized and powerful!

4. Exercise boosts your confidence

When you don’t feel good about the way you look it’s very easy to let that low self-esteem affect other areas of your life. You may feel like one class or one hour of walking is only a drop in the bucket and won’t make you feel better about your body. All it takes is the effort to get to one class or one session at the gym to help boost your mood and make you want to keep going back. Once you see even the smallest change in your weight or clothing size, exercising won’t be such a chore.

5. Exercise eases anxiety

Recent studies have shown that exercise can give you an immediate mood boost, followed by a longer-term relief from anxiety. Next time you are feeling anxious, head to the gym, go for a run or do some burpees. You’ll feel better after you do.

6. Exercise fights insomnia

Exercising on a regular basis has been shown to improve sleeping problems for people who suffer from insomnia. Obviously, exercising makes you tired and being tired can help you fall asleep. The routine of exercising on a regular basis has also shown to help improve the quality of sleep. You’ll have that pep that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning and get things done.

Exercise and be a happier, healthier person

Exercise for your health at S.W.E.A.T. Fitness Studio in Luzerne

Information for this post from http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10798/6-reasons-why-exercise-makes-you-happy.html

Having just had a few frustrating days last week, I can definitely say that going to classes helped my mood and gave me energy to get through the rest of the day. Remember that classes at S.W.E.A.T. are meant to be fun as well as get you moving and sweating. Next time you are having one of those days, don’t skip your workout and you’ll see it can make your day seem all better!

-Aimee

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