Just 15 minutes of cardio exercise a day will improve your happiness levels.
I hit the treadmill every day first thing in the morning. This starts my day off with a flow of brain chemicals that will make my day great. Exercise increases serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Serotonin will increase my energy levels to help me meet the challenges of my day and raise my spirits. Dopamine sometimes called the “motivation brain chemical” will get me going on that to-do-list. Then there is norepinephrine which is going to help me get through my work day and improve the therapy sessions that I do. Norepinephrine will help me stay alert and focused, increase my ability to concentrate, and help me retrieve information stored in my memory. I know that you may feel you don’t have the time for exercise, but we are talking just 15 minutes. You can find 15 minutes. Just 15 to receive all the benefits listed above.
After work I use exercise as a transitional activity between work and home. I may only walk around the block briskly. My newest transitional activity is to turn on the music and dance in the living room for 3 songs. If it has been a very stressful day I hit that treadmill again for 15 minutes. It is wonderful to shift gears and add in a few endorphins to the brain chemistry. Endorphins calm you, helping you to feel more tranquil and peaceful for the rest of your day.
I have on my pink shoes and I am heading out for a walk outside. Exercising outdoors increases benefits and adds others. Why not join me? I know you don’t need it, but you might find that you are happier on the days you do.