Exercise Benefits | Changing Our Tune on Exercise – Dr Mercola

Exercise Benefits | Changing Our Tune on Exercise – Dr Mercola

New research suggests that while many people started an exercise program to lose weight and improve their appearance, they continued to exercise because of the benefits to their well-being
Rather than viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel happier
Exercise boosts levels of soothing brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress and also relieve some symptoms of depression
Once you experience the benefits of exercise for your emotional well-being, you’ll likely have a high level of self-determination or autonomy when it comes to deciding to exercise; rather than viewing it as a chore that you have to do, you’ll view it as a choice that you value doing – and probably also start to think of it as essential to keeping your emotional sanity

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