It seems like yesterday that summer was just starting and schools were letting out for the break. The summer has flown by and the school year is gearing up to start again. It can be easy to fall into the woes brought on by the end of the break. But this year let’s take a moment to focus on staying happy because it just so happens to be Happiness Happens Month! This month is all about focusing on being cheerful and embracing the things that help us stay that way. Did you know that studies show an increase in levels of happiness with regular exercise? Maybe that’s why roller skating puts a smile on all of our faces! Take a look at the science behind what physical activity does to our happiness!
- Short Term Happiness – Studies have shown that just 20 minutes of exercise and physical activity can boost ones mood for up to 12 hours after.
- Endorphins – When we head to the gym (or better yet, head to the rink) and get some activity in, our feel-good brain chemicals (endorphins) are increased.
- Turn that Frown Upside Down – Most of us are more prone to workout when we are in a better mood. But if we exercise while we’re feeling a little blue, the effects on our mental state are the most powerful.
- Destress – Exercise is a wonderful way to decompress and calm the nerves. Many people gravitate toward unhealthy habits, such as over-eating, to cope, but exercise is much healthier and more effective tool for managing stress, anxiety and depression.
Need a little happiness in your life? Make your way down to Southwestern Skate Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and skate your way to a happier you! Check out our hours!