How Exercise Can Improve Your Mood

So a few weeks ago, I wrote a post called Things that we wished we could change. While I was writing it, I realized that I haven’t been running or doing any other type of exercise for quite a while. I have felt down, depressed, and not wanting to do anything. Normally, I am NOT like that, I am the type of person that always has to be doing something.

My motivation for running and exercise had been completely gone! I didn’t even want to do my exercises that my Chiropractor gave me, and they aren’t that hard either.

After my Chiropractor told me that I could start running again (in the middle of March), I started going on weekly Saturday runs, just to work back into running. I was also trying to keep my fitness level up, but even then I still wasn’t really “feeling it.”

The middle of April I went out and ran with my friend Alli. We only went 3 miles and it felt pretty great. We ran an easy run, because it had been several months since she had ran, and it had been several weeks since I had been able to run a full 3 miles.

I did notice that after I had ran with Alli, I felt a lot better. Happier that I had been out and with a friend. I felt like I was in a better mood.

In that few weeks time period I came up with 5 things that helped me get my love for running back.

So here’s my list:
  1. Realizing that I needed to get my booty in gear for this marathon. I spent some time redoing my marathon training plan. I think it will help me to not injure myself down the road.
  2. Running with friends. It was great for Alli cause she could chat, and I could listen. She was able to keep up with me and I was able to keep up with her. I forgot how much I loved running with friends.
  3. Remembering how good I felt after running. My body didn’t hurt, and I seemed to have a bit more of a runner’s high.
  4. Reading inspirational quotes and blogs about running and exercise. Wanting to find small exercises to try out.
  5. Forcing myself to go out and run, even if it’s just a mile. Because a mile is better than sitting on the couch all day wondering where my running mojo went to.

ask yourself if what you're doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow

Looking back on this weeks running and exercise I should have been in a really crappy mood (time of the month crappy), but I felt great after each time I did exercise. I exercised for 4 days this week and felt great, even though I am exhausted. I can tell from the exercise this week that my relationship with my dogs and hubby have been better. I don’t seem to be stressed as much either.

So in answer to my post title, how can exercise improve your mood?
  1. Well it gets you out and being active. Outside is a change of scenery and helps you think clearer.
  2. Not as stressed, though exercise is a stress on the body, but it’s ultimately a good kind of stress rather than a bad stress.
  3. Relationships are better because of taking time for you.
  4. And “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.” -Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)

exercise gives you endorphins. endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't.

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