May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month—the perfect time to recommit to an active lifestyle. Yes, exercise is good for your body, but did you know it could also make you happy? Mental health experts say you can feel the mood-boosting effects of moderate exercise within five minutes after your activity. And the more regularly you exercise, the longer you can reap the benefits.
When such quick gratification is possible, it makes sense to stay active. These tips can help you resist temptations to skip your routine and keep the good feelings going:
- Pace yourself. Don’t feel like you must “overdo it” in the gym. Exercise should build you up, not burn you out.
- Let your inner kid choose. Do the activities that you like most and look forward to doing.
- Focus on the fun. Do something simply for the enjoyment, not just for what it can do for your waistline or blood pressure.
- Mix it up. Changing your routine can change your perspective and make exercise more fun.
- Workout with a friend. Keep your routine—and each other—on a happy track.