Physical activity is effective and important, when you want to take care of your mental health. Working out has a significant impact on your mood, since it boosts your energy levels, reduces stress, and makes you feel more comfortable in your own skin. Regular physical activity makes your body stronger, and being in good physical shape has undeniable benefits for one’s mental health. Besides, increased physical activity can improve your sleep pattern.

Even half an hour of brisk walking a day, provides plenty of benefits. You can also divide your activities into smaller intervals of about 5-10 minutes, throughout the day. And, if you decide to engage in physical activity for more than 30 minutes per day, you will soon notice even further health benefits. It is entirely up to you what exercises you will choose. Perhaps you might enjoy aerobics and stretching, hiking, group training indoors or outdoors, etc. The best exercise is always the one you enjoy the most – keep at it and, if possible, do it with other people!

Here’s how you can start:

  • Get off the bus one stop before you are supposed to, or park your car further than you usually do, and walk the rest of the way.
  • Take the stairs, instead of the elevator, at work, at home, etc.
  • Go for a quick walk after dinner.

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