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Mental wellbeing: How exercise can help
Tuesday, 28 July · 2 min read

You may lack the motivation to exercise right now, but it's important if you're feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed.

Exercise increases levels of the hormone serotonin in your brain, and it’s this hormone which helps regulate your mood, sleep cycle and appetite.

The brain chemicals endorphins are also released during exercise, and these help to lift your mood, and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

Studies suggest that physical activity can help reduce symptoms of depression and improve your sleep. Good sleep, in turn, can help with depression and anxiety.

Need more motivation? These 5 strategies may help you to stay active:

  1. Choose an activity you enjoy -- see our tips section below for more.
  2. If you're short on time, split your exercise into 10-minute sessions.
  3. Remind yourself that everyday activites like climbing stairs, mowing a lawn and walking to the shops all count as exercise.
  4. Set a time to exercise -- if you know you tend to feel too tired to exercise in the evening, stick to a morning session.
  5. Reward yourself -- a fitness routine takes commitment and hard work, so reward yourself by investing in some new sports clothing.

You can also find ways to work exercise into your daily routine.

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Good things come to those who sweat.

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