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Exercise is one of the best natural mood-boosters out there. Feel-good chemicals are released in the brain that can leave us feeling refreshed and less stressed than before.
It’s actually much easier to reap these benefits than you might think. You don’t have to engage in rigorous physical activity, like doing sprints or lifting heavy weights, it can be as simple as a brisk walk to start feeling better. Furthermore, you don’t have to work out for an hour or longer to boost your mood.
– Michael Otto, PhD, professor of psychology at Boston University
And that’s not all. Regular physical activity can also have strong long-term benefits for your mental health, like reducing anxiety and the likelihood of experiencing depression. Many have also reported an overall higher sense of well-being and happiness.
So when things are not going your way, exercise can be something you can turn to, to boost your mood. If you’re having a rough morning, your lunch break could turn your day around with a brisk walk. Even a long, stressful day could be turned on its head with a jog in the evening. With this in mind, you know you’ve always got a method for combating crappy moods and stress.
Check out these tips to make it an awesome workout every time, even on those bad days.