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REASON #35:EXERCISE MAKES A PERFECT DISTRACTION!
A hypothesis that maintains that exercise enhances psychological well-being by acting as a distraction from stressful life events and it is this distraction, rather than the physical exercise itself that reduces anxiety.
Distraction Hypothesis was first developed in the early 1960's as an experiment to get students to perform better on college exams. In the '70's, distraction hypothesis, also called Distraction Conflict, was studied as a way to increase drive to get tasks done.
Distraction hypothesis has been applied and studied in relationship to exercise and how it can distract people from stress, depression or other life obstacles. (Can also be referred to as Endorphin Hypothesis). Because of the release of endorphins, a group of hormones released in the brain, opiate receptors are activated naturally and act as an analgesic to block pain.
Who wouldn't want to have the ability to naturally activate pain-blocking, happy-feeling hormones just by walking briskly or running or breaking a sweat for 30 - 60 minutes a day?
Many times I hear people say that they've never felt the 'endorphin high', or runners high. If you fall into this category, try this experiment:
The next time you're faced with a challenging day, start it with an interval workout on a treadmill or outside. It doesn't have to be long, 20-30 minutes or so. Add your favorite upbeat tunes for extra motivation. Whatever you do, DON'T expect to suddenly feel a jolt of happiness or energy. DO notice how you feel in the afternoon, around 2 p.m., and also around dinnertime, and maybe even right before bed. What you might find is that you don't experience the usual fatigue or exhaustion that creeps upon us in the late afternoon. It didn't take you one day to build the body you have now, how could you expect to change it in a day. Small adjustments can equal big gains!