Make exercise as something to boost your mood


When the mood is down, many people do their favorite activities to improve the mood. This activity is expected to be a mood booster so that the mood is cheerful again.

 One of the most effective mood boosters is exercise. This physical activity can combat feelings of loneliness, sadness, confusion, and other negative feelings. The question is, why exercise can make a person's mood improve?

Basically, exercise has various benefits for the body and mind. This routine physical activity can nourish the body from head to toe. Interestingly again, exercise also has a privilege for the mind.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) exercise can improve mental health and mood, and reduce the risk of stress and depression. During exercise, our bodies will release chemicals or endorphins that can improve mood, and make the body and mind more relaxed.

In short, this hormone can reduce pain and provide positive energy. Well, this condition can help us deal with stress and reduce the risk of depression.

According to Michael Otto, a professor of psychology at Boston University on the website (APA), the relationship between exercise and mood is quite strong.

The benefits of exercise are not only seen in the short term, such as running above for example. Interestingly research shows that exercise can also help relieve long-term depression.

The role of exercise on mood is quite effective and instant. According to research in JAMA Psychiatry, running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression.

"We saw a 26% reduction in the odds of experiencing depression for each major increase in objectively measured physical activity," said study author Karmel Choi, a clinical researcher and researcher.

The question is, what kind of exercise can we use as a mood booster when the mood is down? According to Choi in the study, we can really choose various types of exercise, and make it a mood booster to fight negative moods.

In other words, simple exercises such as walking or climbing stairs can also help to calm the mind and improve mood.

Choi suggests, if you really like exercising at the gym, go ahead and do it regularly. If not, however, get off the couch and move around a bit to stay physically active.

It could also be an hour of low-intensity exercise, such as walking or doing housework.