Exercise Can Also Improve Your Moods

exerciseA lot of research and fitness experts have confirmed how exercise can promote positive moods by releasing endorphins, but a new study conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine finds that exercise can actually improved your mood longer than expected.

Contrary to earlier research, exercise suppresses depression and other negative moods for up to 12 hours instead of just a few hours or so.

Participants in the study were asked to complete a survey about their mood status in different hour intervals after either exercising or resting.  They exercised at 60% of their aerobic capacity, consisting of a light walk or leisurely bike ride.  The study shows that people can reap the mood-altering effects of exercise even without having to do a high-intensity workout, and these effects occurred in both men and women of all fitness levels and ages.

Because of these findings, researchers suggested that people should make physical activity a daily habit.  The ACSM recommends that adults participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, done in 30-minute segments five times a week.

So in case you feel down and blue, why not put on your running shoes and take a hike instead of popping pills?