Physical activity boosts mood

April 22, 2014

Engaging in physical activity leaves people relaxed and worry-free.

Achieving a state of relaxation doesn’t always require meditation. Martial arts may just do the trick. Not only do martial arts improve physical health, but they also relieves stress. According to the Harvard Health Publications, exercise reduces stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, and increases endorphins, which give people a natural high. This hormonal shift boosts individuals’ moods, reported the Mayo Clinic.

The Mayo Clinic indicated that individuals may feel these calming effects for hours after engaging in activity. Additionally, a relaxed state of mind comes with various benefits, such as a decrease in heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, muscle tension, metabolic rate and oxygen consumption, according to the McKinley Health Center. A feeling of calm and relaxation can also help people improve every area of individuals’ lives. This may include one’s social and work life, providing someone with a sense of balance and control.

The Mayo Clinic recommends finding an activity people enjoy, such as martial arts. When people engage in a physical activity and only focus on body movements, individuals typically leave their worries behind. As people shed off these frustrations, negativity transforms into positive energy.