You may not believe this, but your health habits have a significant impact on your mood and the way you react to events happening around you. A simple exercise can create positive vibes; alternatively, having a totally laid back, lazy day might actually create negative vibes. So the burning questions is, how do your health habits affect your mood?
Several studies have proven that proper exercise can improve your mood. Reportedly, people who exercise regularly are less likely to experience sadness and depression. As evidence, many athletes agree that doing active sports such as running help makes them feel better. The elevation of mood during exercise can be explained by the four main neurochemicals that affect our mood: serotonin, epinephrine, dopamine, and endorphine.
As discussed in my previous blog, serotonin elevates your the mood. It can also increase feelings of satiety and lift depression. Our serotonin levels rise after exercise and when we spendi time with people who are dear to us. Conversely, serotonin levels drop when we are under chronic stress, anxiety, or starvation.
This neurochemical is responsible for the “fight or flight” response that occurs when we are afraid or under stress. Epinephrine is responsible for increasing heart rate and blood pressure, elevating blood temperature, and stimulating the sympathetic nervous system.
Dopamine is responsible for your sleep-wake cycle. Dopamine levels increase when there is a rise in serotonin levels.
Endorphines act as the body’s “natural painkillers”. They are responsible for decreasing the physical pain that can be experienced during exercise.
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