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