So exactly how does exercise help with depression, anxiety, and stress?

How exercise helps with depression, anxiety and stress

Did you know exercise can help with depression, anxiety and stress?

As we all know mental health is a big focal point in the news at the moment and encouraging exercise can be a big key player in helping many mental health issues.

New research from the Department of Health revealed that 12% of depression cases could be prevented by 1 hour of exercise a week and you could reduce the risk of depression by 30% if you exercised 3 times a week.

Research by neurologists at Stanford Medical School showed a link between exercise and grey matter within the brain which controls stress; those who exercised more had more grey matter, therefore were able to control stress easier.

Exercise allows you to focus and break the cycle of thoughts spinning around in your head, it allows you to clear your mind and focus on your body.

Even simple exercises such as walking and some simple stretches can help relieve tension in the body and start the release of endorphins (natural pain reliever/happy hormone).

So next time you are feeling stressed or anxious at work why not try taking a few minutes and going for a walk or doing a few stretches to relieve some tension? Sometimes just taking a few minutes to yourself can break the cycle and bring you back to being focused.
Give it a go and let us know how you get on!

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