- This is the only medicine that will make you live longer, happier and more sexually active.
They say that money does not give happiness (although it should help a lot, the truth) but what they have just shown, on this occasion, scientists from the universities of Oxford and Yale is that playing sports does contribute decisively to enjoy of good mood , according to a study published in The Lancet.
Parallel to the irrefutable list of physical benefits attributed to sports (increases life expectancy between four and five years; prevents overweight, diabetes and some types of cancer, etc.), these experts valued their powerful action on our mind
Antidepressant, stress reliever, analgesic and self-esteem enhancer, sport makes us feel very good as these researchers found. To reach this conclusion that, by the way, we can all experience in 'our meats' after a good exercise session (especially aerobic), analyzed the data of 1,237,194 Americans obtained 18 years, during the years 2011, 2013 and 2015 , by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
The researchers asked the study participants questions such as: "How many times have you felt mentally ill during the past 30 days , for example, stressed, depressed or emotionally unstable?" In this way, they could detect that those subjects who performed some type of sport had fewer 'bad days' than sedentary ones .
While those who exercised regularly used to stand up with their left feet an average of 35 days a year, the inactive suffered their bad fleas 18 days more than the previous ones.
If all the comparisons are odious, the one made by these experts in their investigation may take the cake. Thanks to their data crossing, they were able to observe that physically active people feel as good as those who do not play sports but earn around $ 25,000 (about 23,000 euros) more per year than they do . That is, comparatively, you have to earn a lot more money to get to experience the same effect of good vibes that occurs with sports.
Another curious fact that is revealed in this study is that going over the thread doing sports will not help us to be happier. That is, the increase in training is not directly proportional to the increase in happiness. That is, there is a point from which the jug of good vibes begins to overflow and overflow.
What would be the ideal? Perform, between three and five days a week , exercise sessions of a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 60. From there, Dr. Chekroud and his team warns that the issue can get out of hand, becoming in an obsession and, therefore, would cease to work its beneficial effects.
The hormones that unleash pleasure
That feeling of brutal 'high' that seizes us as soon as we finish playing sports (especially resistance) is not the result of suggestion, but of the action of endorphins, a powerful analgesic generated by our body in response to pain or anxiety
They are synthesized mainly in the anterior pituitary gland and can be released to the circulation or to different areas of the brain. Endorphins have an effect similar to morphine; They help calm the pain, reduce inflammation and make the feeling of fatigue more bearable during sports.
Appetite modulators, privileged allies of our immune system, sedatives, revitalizing and energizing, endorphins hook by the torrent of wellbeing that causes in our body.
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