Exercise has many positive benefits to your mental wellbeing. When you exercise your body releases stress relieving and mood-boosting endorphins both during and after your workout. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. In addition, endorphins trigger that positive feeling in the body. Even a short burst of 10 minutes brisk walk increases our mental alterness, energy and positive mood.

Psychological and emotional benefits of exercise

· Boost confidence: Scientists also believe that exercise can improve wellbeing as it can bring about a greater sense of self-esteem and self-control, resulting in the ability to rise to your challenges and help tackle obstacles.

· Social interaction: Regular exercise and physical activity may provide you with opportunities to meet and socialise with others. Simple positive exchanges such as a smile when greeting someone at your exercise class can have a positive impact on your mood.

· Healthy coping method: Actively doing something positive to combat feelings of depression and anxiety is a healthy coping strategy. Trying to improve your mood by using drugs and alcohol can often lead to worse consequences.

Our demanding modern day life-styles and careers can often leave us with little time for daily exercise. However, you do not need to devote hours out of your busy day to go to the gym, sweat buckets or run impossible miles to reap the benefits of exercise. In fact, anything that uses your muscles and expends energy will be beneficial - from tending the garden to walking the dog - even gentle forms of exercise can significantly improve your quality of life. The Better mental health app encourages activity every day in order to promote good mental health.

Download the Better app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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