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Anxiety-reducing effects of exercise

Exercise has always been on my radar when it comes to giving my endorphin levels a boost, but the realisation that what I’m eating has an effect on my state of mind has only recently become clear.

Let’s start with exercise in this blog post. We'll talk about eating separately.

I exercise because it gives me an enormous sense of both well-being and achievement.

My being feels “lighter”, my mood lifted, after exercise – whether that be a couple sets of press-ups, a vigorous 10 minute walk, a long road-bike ride, or simply hitting a punching bag for 30 seconds.

And if I’ve not achieved much else that day, then simply ticking off that I’ve been for a bike ride that day makes me feel better about myself!

I’m not going to go into the physiology of how exercise lifts your sense of well-being – you can Google that yourself – I can only share with you what happens to me when I do it, and therefore recommend that you try it.

You may already have a program you work to – if so, fantastic – just please make sure your heart rate is elevated for at least 5-10 minutes – subject to your doctor’s advice of course!

If you don’t know what to do, then walking at a faster pace than you normally would is fine – but at the end of the 10 minutes I want you to feel like you’ve been comfortably challenged, ok? Let’s see a bead or 2 on that brow!

Download a list of exercise suggestions here.

Now go do one of them!

Don’t think about it, just go do it – you don’t even need to get changed with some of the suggested exercise options.

Let me know how you get on.

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