Exercise and mood can be noticeably connected, for some more than others.
Exercise helps loosen up the body in the morning, but I haven’t been a morning workout person in several months.
I haven’t become grumpy like Oscar the Grouch or Grumpy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but I do not feel as fresh as I did with a morning workout.
For me, it is harder not to feel groggy and slightly irritable in the morning without some morning exercise.
While it is hard, I take a short walk around campus and enjoy the fresh air one last time before I’m sucked back into a building where I have to go to work or class.
That short walk before work or class makes a difference in whether I feel like a grumpy old man or not.
“A study published in the April 2008 issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that the more active people were, the better they felt mentally, and that as little as 20 minutes of physical activity a week improved well-being,” (Baker).
To avoid being grumpy in the morning, it helps to do a little exercise, even if it is for a very brief amount of time.
Did you know that more vigorous exercise decreases appetite?
This seemed far-fetched to me until I tried it for myself.
There was a noticeable difference in my appetite between vigorously running and leisurely walking.
I didn’t feel like stuffing my face after exercising.
Gretchen Reynolds, who writes the Phys Ed column for The New York Times, recently wrote about whether running or walking is better.
She referenced a study that looked at what runners and walkers ate at a buffet after exercising.
“The runners also proved after exercise to have significantly higher blood levels of a hormone called peptide YY, which has been shown to suppress appetite. The walkers did not have increased peptide YY levels; their appetites remained hearty,” (Reynolds).
Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., published The New Aerobics in 1970 and had an example of a sergeant at the Lackland Air Force Base who lost 20 pounds in five weeks from exercising at lunch hour.
The sergeant exercised around lunch time and was able to skip lunch entirely with exercising at lunch.
Skipping meals has been proven to contribute to weight gain because of overindulgence at the following meal.
Exercising vigorously to curb hunger might be worth giving a try, particularly for college students, because college students tend to stress out from college life.
Some college students already use exercise as a stress reliever, but it might be useful to use exercise to prevent overeating while getting food at one of the places to eat on campus.