We all know that exercise has incredible long-term health benefits. It can help you live longer, balance your weight, and boost your immune system. But what about the short term? What can exercise do to increase your happy-factor today? Both modern science and Ayurveda hold exercise as one of the most important of life’s health-boosting, happy-inducing elixirs.
In fact, a good deal of scientific research shows that exercise has a big effect on mood and well-being. Physical activity causes the brain to release endorphins—feel-good chemicals that promote feelings of happiness. Some researchers have found that moving the body on a daily basis can have a “large clinical impact” on the treatment of depression and anxiety, boosting general feelings of excitement and enthusiasm for life. One study even found that exercise was equally effective in treating depression as the commonly prescribed anti-depressant medication Zoloft.
So, it’s clear that there is a direct link between your happiness and getting your hot body moving on a daily basis. But Ayurveda takes this exercise-happiness connection to a deeper level. You see, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to exercise. When it comes to working out, Ayurveda takes dosha and season into account. And as an Ayurveda-inspired woman who understands her nature, you can tailor your exercise routines to honor your reality. With better insight into our mind/body tendency, we can work to bring ourselves into balance according to the type, frequency and duration of our exercise routine.
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