According to a review from Harvard University, regular exercise can help improve people’s moods. Tuvizo wishes to explore this connection to help out knowing readers finding solutions to their day to day dilemmas.
Workout programs help improve not just physical but also mental health but “The psychological boost of adhering to a program that you enjoy doing is much greater than the reward you get from any single session,” said, Steve Edwards, Ph.D., a professor of sports psychology at Oklahoma State University.
The list of most recommended happiness-inducing exercises include yoga, strength training, NIA, hiking, running, tai chi and dancing.
David Shapiro, a leading voice in yogic research, found out in 2007 in his paper “Yoga as a Complementary Treatment of Depression: Effects of Traits and Moods on Treatment Outcome,” that people who practice yoga experience significant reductions in anxiety, depression, anger, and neurotic symptoms. Meanwhile NIA (or Neuromuscual Integrative Action) designed to keep the body active with three disciplines (martial arts, dancing and healing arts) provides cardio-boosts beyond what yoga offers.
Running releases endorphins (the body’s natural happy hormone) and Tai-chi (a traditional Chinese martial arts) induces muscle relaxation, strength training helps improve one’s self-esteem and memory, and dance workouts have been proven to help reduce anxiety than normal routines.
Hiking on the other hand, apart from being considered a great cardio routine, has provided nature lovers with lower levels of stress hormone especially if done in wooded areas. This was according to a study by Qing Li entitled “Effect of forest bathing trips on human immune function”.
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