People who are physically active are happier and more satisfied with their lives. They have a stronger sense of purpose, feel more gratitude, are more connected to their communities, and are less likely to be lonely or anxious.
Why? A big part has to do with how being active affects the brain. Here are five surprising ways exercise is good for your mind.
* The exercise “high” primes you to connect with others
* Exercise can make your brain more sensitive to joy
* Exercise makes you brave
* Moving with others builds trust and belonging
* Trying a new activity can transform your self-image
Read more about the science of mind-body connection from health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, here.