How a healthy body and mind can make you happy!

At a recent visit to my doctor, I was told that sitting is now the new smoking. Inactivity not only increases a range of unhealthy changes in your body, such as increased blood pressure and diabetes, studies show that people who have mostly sedentary lives have a 44% increase in their chances of developing depression and anxiety.

While regular exercise is beneficial for the body on many levels, even a 20 minute walk twice a week reduces negative feelings and can make your feel accomplished and happy. In fact 20 minutes of exercise is all you need to receive other health benefits such as prolonged life, reduced risk of disease and of course, the feel good endorphins.  Gretchen Reynolds, author of ‘’the first 20 minutes’’ states that in this much more sedentary society we live in, the biggest misconception is that exercise has to be hard or really strenuous. She say, “This is not true, and I think it discourages a lot of people from exercising.’’

So how does it work? When you work out (from light to strenuous) your brain produces endorphins. Endorphins are a group of hormones that activate the body’s opiate receptors, causing feelings of pleasure and taking away stress, fear and pain. Releasing endorphins is part of our primitive ‘’flight or fight’’ response, which we needed in the prehistoric era to escape and fend of threats. It is a cleverly designed natural happy-maker!

The great benefit of EMS training is that you get such great results with just 20 minutes per week and the exact same endorphin rush. We understand at Fitin20 in Caloundra life gets busy and that motivation is difficult to find if you slug it out in the gym for 5 days a week without results. Maybe EMS training is the perfect fitness option for you to consider.

In conclusion

If your body feels better, so does your mind! If you don’t know where to start your exercise journey, try a 20 minute brisk walk. And try to start today; there are 7 days in the week, and ‘someday’ is not one of them.