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Boost your spirits – Take a Hike!

Want to improve your psychological well-being? The experts say, “Take a Hike!” A brisk 30- minute walk will increase positive feelings, boost your energy levels, promote quality sleep, even burn up to 150 calories! So, man those walking shoes and lift your spirits.

  • Exercise decreases stress hormones like cortisol, and increases the body’s ‘feel-good’ chemicals, endorphins. And that’s what gives your mood a natural boost.
  • Physical activity also can take your mind off of your problems, redirecting your thoughts on the activity at hand, or getting you into a zen-like state; ultimately distracting you from negative thoughts and emotions.
  • Walking with a friend is a good source of social support. And exercising with others can give you a “double-dose of stress relief.”

And lastly, “better physical health may mean better mental health, because those who get more exercise may become less affected by the stress they face.”

Information source: www.verywellmind.com

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