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Exercise can boost mood, self-esteem: report


If you want to boost your mood, a 10-minute brisk walk could do the trick, according to a new report released from the UK's Mental Health Foundation.

Plus taking part in a regular exercise program can help boost self-esteem while reducing stress and anxiety, according to the report, titled "Let's Get Physical." Exercise can serve as both prevention and treatment for various mental illnesses including depression and anxiety, the report added. People who exercise regularly have a 20 to 30 percent lower risk for depression and dementia."It's worrying that many people would rather do their housework or some other mind-numbing activities rather than put their trainers on," said Dr. Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation. "It is startling to see that only a minority say the main reason why they exercise is to improve their general mental health and wellbeing when our research shows that even small increases in levels of activity can improve people's wellbeing and mental health."A separate study published last year in the journal Health Psychology found that exercising slightly longer and more intensely than usual can boost your mood and self-esteem. Prior research published last year in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise suggested that working up a good sweat can soothe anxiety and better prep you for a stressful or emotional event or experience.Access the report: