I just got a great email message from the fine folks at Elite Fitness Center in Stoughton, MA about using exercise to lift your mood. I love them because they taught me the physical therapy I needed to heal my injured knee without surgery and because they send out these great little tidbits. Here it is in full:
“Extending your normal exercise routine by a few minutes may be the solution [to a bad day], according to Penn State researchers who found that people’s satisfaction with life was higher on days when they exercised more than usual.”
We found that people’s satisfaction with life was directly impacted by their daily physical activity,” said Jaclyn Maher, graduate student in kinesiology. “The findings reinforce the idea that physical activity is a health behavior with important consequences for daily well-being and should be considered when developing national policies to enhance satisfaction with life.’
By controlling variables such as depression, anxiety, stress and fatigue, the researchers were able to determine that the amount of physical activity a person undertakes in a particular day directly influences his or her satisfaction with life. Specifically, the team found that by exercising just a little more than usual a person can significantly improve his or her satisfaction with life.
Based on these findings, we recommend that people exercise a little longer or a little harder than usual as a way to boost satisfaction with life,’ said David Conroy, professor of kinesiology.
Cool, huh? I gotta get out on the bike or the trampoline, or hit the gym today. I could use a little boost. How about you? Does this ring true for you?