How to boost happiness with an active lifestyle

We all know that it’s in our best interests to be active individuals. The benefits of an active lifestyle are numerous. Yet, many of us face roadblocks when it comes to actually participating in physical activity. Lack of motivation, time constraints, or simply a busy schedule can keep us from fitting in the exercise that we know our bodies need. Especially in our current situation of working from home, staying physically active can be a real challenge. 

Happiness should always be a top priority in our lives, and that is even more true during our current unprecedented times. Many of us have adopted new habits and hobbies in the previous year that have helped us to stay happy and positive. It is vital, however, that we remember to stay active to boost not just our physical health, but also our mental health and overall well-being. The benefits of regular exercise are not just skin deep. Living an active lifestyle means living a happy lifestyle.

physically active

This article will provide some useful tips on how we can all prioritize an active lifestyle and thus improve our overall health and happiness, even during this challenging time. 

Sedentary versus active lifestyle 

What often comes hand in hand with the pressure to pursue an active lifestyle is the desire to avoid a sedentary lifestyle. A sedentary lifestyle has been defined by scientists as walking fewer than 5,000 steps per day. We’ve all been told before about the negative side effects of staying inside and sitting all day in front of our computers or televisions. None of us wish to be couch potatoes, but it can often be difficult to get up out of our home offices and pursue active hobbies after a long day of work. Staying active, however, is tightly linked to our happiness. Let’s take a closer look at why that is…

Working out for mental health

There’s no denying the fact that physical activity makes us feel better. After a long day of sitting still, it can be truly invigorating to get our blood pumping and our heart rates up. But what is it about breaking a sweat that seems to lift our moods?  

Due to the endorphins that flood our bloodstream while working out, being active can help us to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and even improve symptoms of depression. Scientists have found evidence that happier people tend to lead more active lifestyles than those who report lower levels of happiness. The next time you find yourself smiling while working out, you’ll know why: being active and being happy are intrinsically linked! 

Ideas for being active 

We all want to prioritize our physical health and happiness, which is why simply getting up and moving our bodies is such an excellent idea. Current circumstances have certainly rearranged our daily lives, and therefore many of us have been forced to change our habits. But that does not mean that deciding to pursue a more active lifestyle has to be difficult. Here are some ideas to help you reap the mental rewards of physical activity.

Being active
  • Exercise with a buddy. Find a friend, family member, or neighbor to workout with. Maybe take a walk outside together, or join a virtual fitness class. 
  • Utilize your new work schedule. Many of us are still working from home or working on different schedules than we are used to. Why not use this to your advantage? See how you can fit in small sessions of exercise throughout the day between virtual meetings or calls. 
  • Embrace the warm weather. The warmer months of spring and summer are just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to get outside and jump back into a fitness routine! 

An active life is a happy life 

We’ve looked closer at the mental health benefits of working out. Choosing an active lifestyle over a sedentary one can help us all to feel happier and healthier. Being active does not have to be a daunting task. Getting outside for some fresh air or partnering up with a friend can be great ways to become motivated. 

We at wellyou know the value and importance of seeking out happiness as much as possible, so why not use the incredible power of an active lifestyle to hone and promote your happiness everyday?

Keyword: active lifestyle, physical well-being, mental well-being, happiness

  • Apostolopoulos, V., Bosevski M., Mikkelsen, K., Polenakovic, M., Stojanovska, L., (2017). Exercise and Mental Health. Maturitas, 106, 48-56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2017.09.003
  • Lathia, N., Mascolo, C., Rentfrow, P., Sandstrom, G., (2017). Happier People Live More Active Lives: Using Smartphones to Link Happiness and Physical Activity. PLos ONE, 12(1), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0160589
  • Craig, C., Spence, J., Tudor-Locke, C., Thyfault, J., (2013). A Step-Defined Sedentary Lifestyle Index: <5000 steps/day. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 38(2), https://doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2012-0235
  • Colley, R., Healy, G., Owen, N., Saunders, T., Tremblay, M., (2010). Physiological and Health Implications of a Sedentary Lifestyle. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 35(6),  https://doi.org/10.1139/H10-079

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How to boost happiness with an active lifestyle

We all know that it’s in our best interests to be active individuals. The benefits of an active lifestyle are numerous. Yet, many of us face roadblocks when it comes to actually participating in physical activity. Lack of motivation, time constraints, or simply a busy schedule can keep us from fitting in the exercise that we know our bodies need. Especially in our current situation of working from home, staying physically active can be a real challenge. 

Happiness should always be a top priority in our lives, and that is even more true during our current unprecedented times. Many of us have adopted new habits and hobbies in the previous year that have helped us to stay happy and positive. It is vital, however, that we remember to stay active to boost not just our physical health, but also our mental health and overall well-being. The benefits of regular exercise are not just skin deep. Living an active lifestyle means living a happy lifestyle.

physically active

This article will provide some useful tips on how we can all prioritize an active lifestyle and thus improve our overall health and happiness, even during this challenging time. 

Sedentary versus active lifestyle 

What often comes hand in hand with the pressure to pursue an active lifestyle is the desire to avoid a sedentary lifestyle. A sedentary lifestyle has been defined by scientists as walking fewer than 5,000 steps per day. We’ve all been told before about the negative side effects of staying inside and sitting all day in front of our computers or televisions. None of us wish to be couch potatoes, but it can often be difficult to get up out of our home offices and pursue active hobbies after a long day of work. Staying active, however, is tightly linked to our happiness. Let’s take a closer look at why that is…

Working out for mental health

There’s no denying the fact that physical activity makes us feel better. After a long day of sitting still, it can be truly invigorating to get our blood pumping and our heart rates up. But what is it about breaking a sweat that seems to lift our moods?  

Due to the endorphins that flood our bloodstream while working out, being active can help us to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and even improve symptoms of depression. Scientists have found evidence that happier people tend to lead more active lifestyles than those who report lower levels of happiness. The next time you find yourself smiling while working out, you’ll know why: being active and being happy are intrinsically linked! 

Ideas for being active 

We all want to prioritize our physical health and happiness, which is why simply getting up and moving our bodies is such an excellent idea. Current circumstances have certainly rearranged our daily lives, and therefore many of us have been forced to change our habits. But that does not mean that deciding to pursue a more active lifestyle has to be difficult. Here are some ideas to help you reap the mental rewards of physical activity.

Being active
  • Exercise with a buddy. Find a friend, family member, or neighbor to workout with. Maybe take a walk outside together, or join a virtual fitness class. 
  • Utilize your new work schedule. Many of us are still working from home or working on different schedules than we are used to. Why not use this to your advantage? See how you can fit in small sessions of exercise throughout the day between virtual meetings or calls. 
  • Embrace the warm weather. The warmer months of spring and summer are just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to get outside and jump back into a fitness routine! 

An active life is a happy life 

We’ve looked closer at the mental health benefits of working out. Choosing an active lifestyle over a sedentary one can help us all to feel happier and healthier. Being active does not have to be a daunting task. Getting outside for some fresh air or partnering up with a friend can be great ways to become motivated. 

We at wellyou know the value and importance of seeking out happiness as much as possible, so why not use the incredible power of an active lifestyle to hone and promote your happiness everyday?

Keyword: active lifestyle, physical well-being, mental well-being, happiness

  • Apostolopoulos, V., Bosevski M., Mikkelsen, K., Polenakovic, M., Stojanovska, L., (2017). Exercise and Mental Health. Maturitas, 106, 48-56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.maturitas.2017.09.003
  • Lathia, N., Mascolo, C., Rentfrow, P., Sandstrom, G., (2017). Happier People Live More Active Lives: Using Smartphones to Link Happiness and Physical Activity. PLos ONE, 12(1), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0160589
  • Craig, C., Spence, J., Tudor-Locke, C., Thyfault, J., (2013). A Step-Defined Sedentary Lifestyle Index: <5000 steps/day. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 38(2), https://doi.org/10.1139/apnm-2012-0235
  • Colley, R., Healy, G., Owen, N., Saunders, T., Tremblay, M., (2010). Physiological and Health Implications of a Sedentary Lifestyle. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 35(6),  https://doi.org/10.1139/H10-079

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