Are the reasons you exercise preventing you from being happy?

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Happiness can be thought of as a process, rather than a goal. If we are only exercising to look a certain way (social media certainly doesn't help here!) then the goal posts, and consequently our feelings of achievement and self-worth, will of course keeping moving further away too. This means happiness, the supposed end result, will never be attained. We need to try and re-frame the way we view exercise and fitness - it should be functional, sustainable and most of all enjoyable. This means each time we exercise we can feel satisfied in the here and now, that we have achieved something and done something our mind-body will thank us for immediately - not when we have that six pack or can run a half marathon necessarily. Exercise is a way to be present, and we all know that being present and mindful can lead us to being more accepting of who and what we are. This is ultimately happiness, and by integrating sustainable exercise routines into our everyday life, we can extend these moments of adrenaline rushes and serotonin releases naturally and healthily into our lives, without being consumed by it as a goal in itself.

What You'll Need

  • Your body and some space, preferably outdoors

What You'll Do

Tips & Warnings

  • <p>Seek medical advice if starting a new exercise routine if suffering from heart conditions, high/low blood pressure, injuries or other disabilities.</p>
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