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Feeling Depressed? Exercise Might Just Help You Out

Grumpy, anxious or depressed during this pandemic? We get it. But, may we suggest some exercise to help cheer you up?

Exercise Helps Boost Mood

Here’s a well-known secret. Ready? Exercise can help lift up your mood during this pandemic, especially if you’re feeling more down than usual or even just plain anxious and depressed. It really will.

But first, you might be wondering how we know that you’re not feeling your best these days. Well, given that we’re going through a pandemic with no vaccine and the cases are just getting higher... let’s just say that we have a hunch.

Of course, the last thing you need to do during such a time is to basically surrender control of your life. However, doing so when the world is basically bonkers is not something we recommend since it can really take a toll on your mental and physical health. Suffice it to say that it’s not good.

This is where exercising comes in. With states starting to slowly reopen and some restrictions getting looser, it’s time to take it step by step and slowly get into an exercise routine that you can get behind. Remember that it’s scientifically-proven that once you get past the initial hurdles, exercising makes our brain release dopamine, which is also known as the "feel-good hormone." Because of this, not only do you get to keep your body healthy, but you also get to boost your mood, which is something we all need these days, even in small doses.

With everything happening in the world, it helps to be informed, but not to the point where you obsess about everything. That would just tire out your brain, and that brain energy is better spent pushing you forward as you finish another set or walk another kilometer. Exercising also goes beyond lifting our mood since it’s essentially us trying to take back our lives again, piece by piece.

So get out there, find an exercise you’ll enjoy, maybe a friend or two to enjoy them with (with social distancing), and try to navigate the new normal we’re all facing.

Exercise The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity, aerobic activity. Pixabay

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