If you’re looking for tips concerning better well-being, mentally and physically, movement is an important, but often underestimated aspect. People who often exercise, sometimes seem to be addicted to this. But sports cost energy, so how can people want to exercise more, if, on first sight, you’re likely more relaxed when you’re taking it easy?
Because sports cause your body to create more energy! This occurs at the level of cells, namely the mitochondria, which draws energy out of the nutrition you consume. Energy is not only used for movement, but also for keeping your brain alert, keeping your lungs active and regulating your body temperature. When you exercise more often, the amount and efficiency of mitochondria in your body increases. You will teach your body to produce more energy!
The more energy needed for movement, the better your body learns to have enough energy for you well-being in periods of rest. This means, among other things, a lower heart rate, less headache, a lower tendency for yawning, and less snacking. In order to achieve the best effect, it is therefore important that you engage in movement where you will sweat a bit.
Apart from this energy process in your body, you also produce more body-like chemicals that make you feel more comfortable. More movement creates more dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of reward. Also, the decrease of cortisol, the stress hormone, reduces fat storage and fear. This effect already occurs with moderate intensive movement. A walk, bike ride, or walking the stairs are already sufficient to reach this effect!
You are indeed more relaxed if you take it easy, but if you move regularly, your body will learn to relax faster. Even for your sleep rhythm it can do miracles. In today’s society, our bodies are sometimes confused by exposure to, for instance, light of electronics, and additives in foods. Move, make more body-like fabrics that reward you with a good feeling, and you will feel more energetic, but also more relaxed.
If you doubt to go out and exercise because you feel energy depleted, just don’t hesitate to exercise, and see how you feel afterwards!
NiceDay: Plan your sports sessions in your Daily Planner; a good walk in the park is, of course, also fine. Record in your diary how you feel before your effort, and after your effort, and look at the difference afterwards.