My husband and I go running for two very different reasons. I lace up for the physical benefits while he slips on his sneakers to zone out. For him, it's not about losing weight or training to go the distance, it's simply about recharging after a long day at work. In other words, it's a chance for him to get high on endorphins. And no—my husband is not a drug addict.
Our bodies release endorphins, which are sort of like hormones, during intense exercise. When those endorphins take over our brains, they're capable of making us feel happier. So as my husband focuses on zoning out during his run, he's really just giving those endorphins a chance to lift his mood. At the same time, the rest of his body is working to increase energy, fight fat, improve strength, etc.
"Wait a second, increase energy?" Yep. I said it. And while it may seem like a counter intuitive statement, it's true. Exercise has the ability to relax your muscles and release tension, which ultimately helps your energy flow more freely. Combine that with an uplifted mood and it's like you're a whole new person! And all you had to do was go for a short run. Or walk. Or maybe hit a step class.
It just goes to show that exercise, whether it be done for physical or mental reasons, is a beneficial must. And if the thought of exercising makes you want to pop in a movie, then don't "exercise." Get high on endorphins. Better mood, better body, better self. Dontcha think?