Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness. In some cases, exercise can be just as effective as antidepressant pills in treating depression.
Exercise is also a great way to reduce stress. It increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress. These chemicals also help relieve symptoms of anxiety.
Exercise has been said to help improve our brain power, memory and even help reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimers in older age. This is thanks to cells produced in the hippocampus (a part of our brain that helps secure short-term memory to long-term memory) when we exercise. How cool is that?
A great way to catch up with friends is to do some form of exercise together - this could be anything from throwing a ball around to going for a fast walk or a run!
Exercise has been said to boost our creativity and help us to be more productive. And so you're not too worn out from being so productive, a moderate workout can help with sleep too.
Exercise can boost our confidence, improve our fitness level and help build a positive self-image.
Being outdoors also helps us soak up Vitamin D which assists us with feeling happier.
Published: 16 January 2018