Higher excitement levels follow exercise

Taking part in physical exercise can increase excitement levels in a person, new research has suggested. Published in the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, the study revealed individuals who are more physically active feel greater enthusiasm than those who are less committed.

Investigators from Penn State explained people should try to take it one day at a time as they try to fit such regimes into their schedule, noting this can provide them with a feel-good factor afterwards.

David Conroy, Professor of Kinesiology at the institute, said: "You don't have to be the fittest person who is exercising every day to receive the feel-good benefits of exercise."

Professor Conroy explained many people find it difficult to stick to an exercise programme because they set themselves long-term goals as opposed to shorter, more achievable targets.

He gave the example of New Year resolutions, which can feel a little overwhelming as they are based on a 12-month schedule.

Professor Stuart Biddle, a Chartered Psychologist, said: "Physically active people tend to have better mental health than people who are inactive.

"This could include better cognitive functioning as well as higher physical self-worth and general self-esteem.

"This could help explain why active people experience higher levels of ‘excitement’ and thus feel more positive about life."