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Get outside to improve your mood

Do you ever get the feeling that you just to want to escape the four walls and get outside? It’s not unusual for me to feel like this and when I do, I know that I am craving space to put my head into some kind of order.

The only choice for me in this situation is exercising outside, whether that we be a walk, bike ride or run. I can pretty much guarantee that it is only 15 minutes into my chosen exercise that my mood will have lifted significantly, what is the reason for this?

Exercise – when you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine and that can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.

Getting outside – outdoor exercise provides a mental health boost, mood is improved and depression is reduced alongside an improvement in self-esteem and connecting with Mother Nature.

Spending time alone – this quote sums up why this is important far better than I can.

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”

― Eleanor Brownn

Exercise for me is a win-win for body and mind, I hope I also pass this on to my clients.

A guest blog by

Emma Goodman of Emma Fitness a personal trainer based in Maidstone.

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