Live, Laugh…Lose Weight? Are Happy People More Fit?

Posted on: June 22nd, 2012 by Micah LaCerte No Comments

Okay, okay, this may be a no brainer—everybody should aim to be happy. But can a positive attitude, good mood and overall happy demeanor really affect your health too? Here at Hitch Fit, we say YES!! A positive outlook on life can leave you with positive health results (and vice versa)!  Here’s why:

Physical Health
Whoa! An interesting article on PreventDisease.com says being happy impacts your health more so than quitting smoking. With all the negative info about smoking out there, this may come as a huge surprise. However, most of this comes down to stress.

According to WebMD.com, stress symptoms include headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety. Yikes! So being less stressed out (and happy) will have the inverse effect. Happy people have also reported catching fewer colds and expressed less severe symptoms when they do get sick. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but so can a genuine smile!!

Mental Health
Although we don’t often take advice from Legally Blonde character Elle Woods, she did have a good point when she said, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands!”

While you (hopefully) won’t ever be on trial for murder, Miss Woods makes a good point. Exercise makes you both happy and healthy. Perhaps it’s no surprise that happier people have less mental health problems like depression or anxiety issues. Even the Mayo Clinic says that optimists live longer than pessimists. Another great reason to look at that glass half-full!!

Takeaway: Find Your Passion
Many people think that being a happy person is easier said than done. Just because we say “be happier” doesn’t mean you can actually do it. But there are some tips and tricks out there to becoming a happier person…and it starts with your passions.

Try doing more of something you love every day. This, in turn, will in turn make you less stressed and much happier. So what kinds of happy healthy things can you do? Some suggestions are healthy eating, exercise, socializing with friends, challenging yourself, volunteering and, of course, getting Hitch Fit!!!

 

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