What makes you happy at training
Monday, March 2017
Have you heard about the link between exercise and happiness?
Put simply, when you train your body releases feel-good endorphins – aka the runners’ high – these endorphins activate opioid receptors in your brain that reduce discomfort and can help bring about feelings of euphoria and general wellbeing.
What’s more, there’s no doubt training with others – especially in the fresh air – is a recipe for good times.
To help celebrate
International Day of Happiness today, we take a look at what makes you happy at training.
“The laughter, the connection I have with the girls and we’re outdoors.” – Sara, Step into Life Brighton.
“The whole change of my mindset toward exercise and diet.” – Craig, Step into Life Buderim
“Now, at 63 years of age, I feel the fittest and healthiest I have ever been. I have made so many new friends and discovered new things about myself.” – Annette Lloyd, Step into Life Mordialloc
“After working in a hospital environment all day, it is so nice to be outside in the fresh air training with my trainers and growing friendship groups.” – Ash Duval, Step into Life Fulham Gardens
“Step into Life Albury is now my second family, a place where no one judges you and you can be yourself.” – Cindy Salske, Step into Life Albury
“After joining, I noticed I had much more energy and I'm able to achieve a lot more.” – Dianna Zanatta, Step into Life Ivanhoe
“I have now been with Step into Life for 14 years, and I feel 14 years younger, fitter, stronger and, most importantly, I have made some great friendships along the way.” – Helen McMillan, Step into Life Kew
“Not only do I feel like a better mum and a better person, but I am ready to take on the world! Thank you to the wonderful team that are always 'chirpy' at 6am! Thank you to the trainers for always pushing us and believing in us.” – Biljana Mirceski, Step into Life Craigieburn
“My trainer, Kerrie, has supported me from being obese when I couldn’t run 50 metres, through to now as an ultramarathoner about to sign up for a 100-mile race!” – Michelle Hanlin, Step into Life Mitchelle Park
“Step into Life changed my life for the better seven years ago. Happiness, strength and endurance are just a few of the benefits.” – Edina Joldic Sabic, Step into Life Hallett Cove
“Kristy Gorrie, my trainer, wouldn’t let me quit. She knew my body was stronger than my mind today.” – Karen Cotte, Step into Life Collaroy
For more about the benefits of personal training with others – including happiness – read our blog on How to get the most out of group outdoor fitness.