We all know about the benefits of regular exercise on our bodies – whether it’s managing weight or boosting our cardiovascular health. But keeping fit can have a huge impact on our mental health, moods and happiness, too.
There’s a phrase bandied about by runners: “You never regret a run!” (#ne verregretarun). And if you’ve ever experienced the transformative effects of a run first hand, you’ll completely understand. Even if you really didn’t feel like doing it or you found every single step painful and challenging, you just know when you return home, you will feel that little bit better than you did before you left (probably a lot better).
In fact, according to a study at the University of Vermont, as little as twenty minutes of exercise can improve our mood for up to 12 hours.
"Moderate intensity aerobic exercise improves mood immediately and those improvements can last up to 12 hours," concluded study lead researcher Dr. Jeremy Sibold, assistant professor of rehabilitation and movement science at the University of Vermont, Burlington.
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