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The physical benefits of exercise are well known: increased fitness levels and bone density; reduction in likelihood of strokes and heart attacks; increased muscle tone and stability (to name a few). But how does exercise impact on your mood?

 

In a nutshell, exercise, can and does boost your mood. In addition, this wondrous activity ca

n also have a positive impact on stress, self-esteem as well as helping to combat anxiety and depression1.

Exercise is frankly a good habit to get into. It doesn’t mean you have to run marathons (although of course, you can), exercise can be as simple as a spot of gardening or walking the dog. According to Mind, as your body adapts to increased activity levels you get a natural energy boost, which can make you feel less tired2.

And if you’re struggling for motivation, just remember how good you feel after you’ve exercised and go for it!

 

 

Sources

1https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-using-exercise

2https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/physical-activity-sport-and-exercise/health-benefits/#.WYg-c4jyu1s