It is well-documented that exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems but research also shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help reduce anxiety and depression.

Exercise can help you to gain confidence, take your mind off worries and help you cope in a healthy way.

The good news is that you don’t have to join a gym or spend ££s on kit. All you need is a pair of supportive trainers and comfortable clothing (ladies – a supportive bra is a must). If indoors, just pop on an uplifting cd and dance as if no-one is watching (they’re not by the way!) Or why not get outdoors. Spring has (officially) arrived and everything is beginning to bud. Just going for a brisk walk around the block for 15 to 30 minutes is a great mood booster. Walking by water has the added benefit of calming your mind too.

Walk, jog, hop skip and jump, borrow a hula-hoop but whatever you do, smile or even laugh for yet another great (and free) mood enhancer.

Whether you’re on your own, with your partner or kids, or gossiping with your best friend just pop on those trainers and step outside. A friendly nod or smile to anyone you meet could also make their day.

Only one cautionary note – if you’re wearing earphones, please ensure you remain aware of the environment.

I hope to see you out and about during the Spring and please don’t forget to smile as we pass each other.

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