5 Amazing Social Benefits of Exercise
Physical activity is often recommended for your own physical and mental health. However, exercise has even been shown to have numerous social benefits as well. Below are a few ways exercise can also influence a healthy social life.
Social Benefits of Exercise
Hormones and Happiness
After a good workout or physical activity, your body releases a hormone called endorphins which lower stress and anxiety. Endorphins make you feel happier. When you feel happier, people enjoy your company and the positivity that you bring to gatherings. Even if you are an introvert, being authentically happy adds good energy to social meetings.
Happy people can contribute to conversations healthily and are more willing to smile. Smiling, though a simple act, has a powerful effect on social health and social interaction.
Enjoying Like-Minded Company
If you enjoy working out, playing a sport, or participating in outdoor exercise, you’ll likely find a group of people that enjoy the same leisure. By being able to exercise together, you are able to find others who have similar interests as you. This also allows you to branch out to other social spheres while bonding during a fun physical activity you share in common. Psychologically, this gives us a sense of belonging that we as people crave.
Exercise can also be a great conversation starter for those that prioritize physical activity in their lives. Learning about new ways to exercise and new classes can also help us meet new people.
Feel A Sense of Togetherness
When working out together in an activity that involves coordinated movements, such as running or dancing, physically moving in sync with one another psychologically allows us to feel a sense of togetherness and bonding. This can be a social benefit to those who struggle with depression and social anxiety.
For those with social anxiety, the physical movement of togetherness along with the endorphin release from exercise may make a more welcoming environment to ease into. Also, getting together without having to constantly verbally socialize may be ideal for those with anxiety.
Another social benefit from exercise is learning teamwork. If one plays a sport, learning how to work in a team and communicate effectively towards a goal can help social interactions outside of your workout. This also includes being a team member of a social group and in a work setting as well.
While playing on a team, this can also allow you to feel a sense of accomplishment as a group and increase your confidence in your ability to socialize profitably.
Exercise can increase your self-esteem and give you a sense of accomplishment. Studies have shown that an increase in self-esteem is related to better social interaction and healthier relationships.
With an increase in self-esteem, you are able to interact positively with others and understand how to implement and receive healthy boundaries and create positive relationships.
Exercise is considered a keystone habit. Keystone habits are actions that have a transcendently positive effect on many aspects of one’s life. Studies have shown that exercise affects your body’s health as well as supports a positive life mindset and self-esteem. With a healthy increase, exercise has been shown to have social benefits.