Exercise improves your mood
“I never feel down,” said Fred Bartlit, Founder of the StrongPath.com and Bestselling author of Choosing the Strongpath. “I cannot wait to get up in the morning and get to work.”
At 86, Fred strength trains and does endurance exercise for an hour every day. That’s how he benefits from exercise and his mood stays upbeat.
Exercise not only keeps your body in shape, it boosts your brain as well.
You might have heard of endorphins. In basic terms, that’s the happy juice in your brain. When you hit the gym, you boost endorphins. That puts you in a good mood.
And a good mood can perpetuate itself. The happier you feel, the more likely you are to get up off the couch and go and enjoy life or work out more. The more you sit, the more isolated you may feel, your mood diminishing along the way.
Some studies show that just 10 minutes of exercise each day can help your mood. More, or higher intensity exercise, has shown the mood rewards are even higher.
Exercise also makes you smarter. Well, sharper at least.
Harvard Health recently published a report that shows, “…brain activity increases and memory improves immediately after even a short, single bout of exercise.”
Fred said mood, energy, and exercise are also linked. Mitochondria is the energy in your cells. As we age, it gets harder to produce. High intensity training boosts mitochondria capacity. Exercise boosts energy and energy boosts mood.
With all that energy, Fred still works full time, golfs in the summer and skis in the winter (faster and for longer than he did a decade ago). And that keeps his mood flying high.
“I feel great every single day,” Fred said. “Exercise is key to a happy life. Better than medicine.”
Fred travels the country spreading the word on the benefits of exercise. His hope is to get everyone up and to the gym so they too can embrace life fully for years to come.
If you’re hesitant to start exercise, first see your doctor. Fred also suggests getting some guidance from a trainer at a local gym, at least once or twice to get you started.