Exercising is key #3 to happier living

exercising_full_200How do you stay active and healthy? Your body and mind (soul/spirit) are made for each other. A healthy body, supported by food, frequent exercises, fitting clothes, sunshine, sleep and fresh air  is needed to feel and be healthy. Your brains are huge oxygen consumers. Your mind needs a body to operate, to be conscious of its place in this world, to move, breathe and live. It’s no surprise to me, that running 10-16kms or walking 40kms not only costs a huge amount of energy, but also gives energy to my mind. While running or walking I get a lot of inspirations for writing, to process the day or week and to prepare for the next. Running on a Friday 3PM as weekend opener works great!

I need my daily dosis of 7 hours of sleep. Researchers William C. Dement and Christopher Vaughan already in 1999 concluded: Healthful sleep has been empirically proven to be the single most important factor in predicting longevity, more influential than diet, exercise, or heredity. And yet we are a sleep-sick society, ignorant of the facts of sleep—and the price of sleep deprivation. In this book, based on decades of study on the frontiers of sleep science, the author explains what happens when we sleep, when we don’t, and how we can reclaim the most powerful—and underrated—health miracle of all.

In 2006 Dutch research by Veenhoven tested Is happiness good for your health? This common notion is tested in a synthetic analysis of 30 follow-up studies on happiness and longevity. It appears that happiness does not predict longevity in sick populations, but that it does predict longevity among healthy populations So, happiness does not cure illness but it does protect against becoming ill. The effect of happiness on longevity in healthy populations is remarkably strong. The size of the effect is comparable to that of smoking or not.
If so, public health can also be promoted by policies that aim at greater happiness of a greater number. That can be done by strengthening individual life-abilities and by improving the livability of the social environment. Some policies are proposed. Both ways of promoting health through happiness require more research on conditions for happiness.

Sophia Breene has got 13 unexepcted benefits of exercise. I would say: just do it, look for types of exercises and moments suitable for you. Don’t read about it and refrain from practicing.

More keys to happier living
In the coming weeks I’ll share more keys for happier living, as part of the Action for Happiness.