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EXERCISE TO BE HAPPY!

EXERCISE TO BE HAPPY!

EXERCISE TO BE HAPPY!

It is well known that exercise benefits you mentally, as well as physically. But a new study from Yale University School of Medicine proves that regular exercise reduces emotional and mental downturns. Yale researchers has found that people who exercise report having 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health a month, compared to people who do not exercise. The study found that team sports, cycling, aerobics and going to the gym are associated with the biggest reductions.

“Exercise is associated with a lower mental health burden across people no matter their age, race, gender, household income and education level,” said Adam Chekroud, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Chief Scientist at Spring Health, USA, and the study’s senior author.  “Excitingly, the specifics of the regime, like the type, duration, and frequency, played an important role in this association. We are now using this to try and personalize exercise recommendations, and match people with a specific exercise regime that helps improve their mental health.”

In the study, the authors used data from 1.2 million adults across all 50 states who all filled out an extensive survey. This included demographic data, as well as information about their physical health, mental health, and health behaviors. The study did not take mental health disorders into account, other than depression.

Participants were asked to estimate how many days in the past 30 days they would rate their mental health as “not good” based on stress, depression, and emotional problems. They were also asked how often they took part in exercise in the past 30 days outside of their regular job, as well as how many times a week or month they did this exercise and for how long.

In addition, the researchers found that physically active people feel just as good as those who don’t do sports but who earn about $25,000 more a year. Does that mean exercise makes us happier than money? Maybe!

Dopamine, a chemical that plays a role in happiness, is a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s necessary for feelings of pleasure and happiness. Many studies suggest that as we age, we’re constantly losing our stores of dopamine, which is why we need to constantly seek out experiences that release dopamine. . Exercise also helps reduce anxiety, boost confidence and fight insomnia.

Strength training, including resistance training (such as that offered at Strength Science Studios) has also been shown to increase the quality of sleep, aid in bone density, improve metabolism, alleviate depression and enhance the overall quality of life.

 At Strength Science Studios professional trainers work with clients one-on-one every week. The program requires only once-a-week attendance for a 30-minute session. The facility and the program focus heavily on men and women age 50 and older, although everyone is welcome.

Come by Strength Science Studios at 730 Bluebonnet Blvd Suite 7, and let us introduce you to the program. If you would like to make an appointment for a consultation, please call (225)  256-3000.

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