Get Moving: How Exercise Can Make Us Happy

We all know that exercise is good for us, but how can moving our body make us happy?

Studies have shown that people who take care of their mind, body, and soul have a better chance of beating diseases and living longer lives. When we exercise and move our bodies, we feel better, have more energy, and are generally in a good mood. Learning new things, meditating, and keeping an open mind all nourish us and contribute to our becoming the best that we can be!

Here are a few of the benefits to keeping your body in motion:

Exercise makes you happy

Stimulates Endorphins. Endorphins are chemical substances produced by the body that make you feel happy. When we exercise, we stimulate the endorphins which can give us a natural “high” and make us feel happy. When we feel happy, we have a better outlook on life, are more willing to try new things, and tend to be more present and open-minded in our relationships.

Have Fun. Physical activity can be fun! Engage your family and friends in creating new ways to make physical activity a fun affair; take a bike ride, go on a hike, explore a new park, or just engage in activities that make you happy. Instead of gathering around the kitchen table, spend quality time with loved ones by coming up with fun and interesting activities!

Healthy Body. Exercise can control weight, build strong and healthy bones/muscles/joints, as well as alleviate depression and anxiety. It can also promote radiant skin and aid in the removal of toxins from our bodies. The benefits of physical activity are hard to ignore!

Energy. Are you winded just by walking up the stairs or doing chores around the house? Physical activity can improve your strength and endurance. The more you move, the more oxygen gets delivered to your tissues and aids your cardiovascular system to work more efficiently. Who couldn’t use a bit more energy in their lives?

Sleep. Do you ever have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Exercise can aid in a more restful night’s sleep and allow you to move into a deeper state of sleep. Just remember not to exercise too close to bedtime or it may rev you up. Any physical activity should be completed at least 2-3 hours before you go to bed.

Exercise has many benefits to assist us in living healthier, happier, and longer lives. What more proof do you need to get moving?

How does exercise make you happy?


This is a guest post by Jana Hollingsworth.

Jana Hollingsworth is a gifted Intuitive Life Coach, Author, Certified Personal Trainer, and award-winning fitness competitor. She has been featured in Oxygen Fitness Magazine, More Magazine, and Redbook. She is the author of a new book entitled Perfectly Fit Intuition.

You can find Jana at and on Twitter @janaroseh.


  1. says

    Exercise makes me happy in so many ways! I just feel so much better after going for a long run, taken a sweaty yoga class, or busted out a intense circuit session. I feel I smile more, my skin glows, and I’m a lot more focused. These are just a few, but ones that are my favorite and also ones that my clients and friends notice. Happy Friday!

  2. says

    I love exercise because for me, it makes me feel strong & fit. I gives me muscles & at age 54, that is a good thing! It helps us live a longer & healthier life. I also can do thing for myself & plan on that for years to come!

  3. says

    I love people, music, and moving so putting allthree together in a group fitness class is my ultimate “happy.” How can I not be happy when surrounded by upbeat, smart, active, fun people of all ages?!

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