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!