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4 Reasons Why A 30-Minute Exercise Makes You Happier

4 Reasons Why A 30-Minute Exercise Makes You Happier

On the face of it, the benefits of regular exercise may seem fairly obvious.

To the untrained eye, regular cardiovascular exercise helps to build muscle mass and develop greater levels of physical stamina. It also contributes to a more active lifestyle, while increasing your physical capabilities even as you advance in age.

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But regular exercise achieves far more than this, it also has a considerable impact on your mental well being. The connection between physical and mental health is far from clear, especially for individuals who have recently begun to exercise regularly.

In terms of a scientific explanation, it is important to remember that exercise is registered as a moment of stress in the human brain. To protect against this, the brain releases a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor), which serves as a reset switch and triggers feelings of serenity and contentedness. Simultaneously, the brain also releases endorphins, which also help to combat stress by minimizing the physical discomfort caused by exercise and eventually creating a euphoric sensation.

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So how does this translate in the typical human mind? Consider the following: 

An Improved Mood and Mental Outlook

After exercise, one of the first things you will notice is an improved mental outlook. As the brain releases numerous chemicals to alleviate the symptoms of stress and physical pain, you will begin to benefit from enhanced mood levels and a more positive perspective on life. As a consequence of this, you will feel better equipped to take on challenges and solve problems, while finding it far easier to handle stressful circumstances and unforeseen setbacks.

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Increased Energy and Physical Output

Lethargy is a physical trait commonly associated with depression, which is why inactivity often exacerbates this mental condition. One of the most obvious benefits of regular exercise is that it leads to increased energy levels, meaning that you have greater stamina and find it easier to complete daily tasks at work and at home. With a productive day behind you, it is also more likely that you will benefit from a genuine sense of accomplishment and contentedness.

A Healthier BMI and Body Image

Perhaps the most widely recognized physical benefit of regular exercise is controlled weight loss, which in turn has a direct impact on our appearance and levels of body confidence. With a regular exercise regime burning calories and creating a more streamlined figure, you will begin to benefit from improved self-confidence and inflated levels of self-esteem. The impact of this should not be underestimated, as those with a positive body image are more likely to live a happy and satisfied life.

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 A Greater Resistance to Disease and Illness

As you grow older, research suggests that you are more likely to develop conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. While this may be partially due to your age, however, your level of physical fitness is a far more influential factor in determining your condition as you grow older. In fact, regular exercise boosts your levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which build good cholesterol and reduces the presence of unhealthy triglycerides. These factors will help to combat the threat of disease, which in turn will you to maintain an active, busy and happy lifestyle.

The Last Word

Regardless of the science behind it, regular exercise has numerous benefits with regards to our mental health and outlook. Simply by committing to undertake 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every single day, you can take steps towards enjoying a more active lifestyle that improves your levels of self-esteem, happiness and physical energy.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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