We believe that keeping in good health can feel good. Health is not a destination, it’s a continuous journey that we travel on our entire lives, and when that journey is joyful it’s much more likely to be successful. There’s plenty of evidence that doing what you enjoy is not only better for your overall health, but also helps to establish good habits that you stick to for longer.
A study* showed that an effective way to start getting into exercise is to find an activity that you actually enjoy doing, and that suits your personality. If you have fun doing something, you’re more likely to do it again.
*Baldwin DR, Datta S, Bassett DR, et al (2016). Acta Psychopathol. Feel Better But Exercise Less: An Examination of Exercise Enjoyment, Personality and Physical Activity in Young Adults. (US)
When we see exercise as something we do for fun, we’re more likely to stick to a healthy balanced diet, or seek out foods that better nourish our bodies. So how we feel while being physical can actually influence the degree to which it ultimately benefits our overall health.
If we participate in activities with others (including our pets) the brain releases positive neurochemicals that can increase our experience of pleasure during the activity.
At AXA Health we understand that everyone’s health journey is different: there is no single ‘correct’ way to do it, as we all find joy in different activities. So we want to encourage, support and inspire you to find what works for you, on your terms. We want you to find your own Feelgood Health.
Learn more about the Feelgood Health professionals we have at AXA Health.