How could exercise boost your mental health?

However your MS affects you, a little gentle exercise can have a big impact on your mental health and wellbeing.

Here are four ways exercising can help keep your mind healthy.

1. Lift your mood

There's a scientific reason why people often feel better during and after exercise. Being physically active can encourage your brain to release ‘feel good’ chemicals called endorphins that help lift your mood.

Studies show that regular aerobic exercise can help to relieve mild to moderate depression.

2. Reduce stress and anxiety

Exercise is a great way to let off steam and help you relax. It’s a proven stress buster and can also help to reduce feelings of anxiety.

3. Boost your energy levels

Exercising is a great way to get a natural energy boost - and it’s healthier than caffeine or chocolate! Surprisingly, it can also help to manage your fatigue.

4. Help you sleep better

Do you find it difficult to drop off at night? Regular exercise can help. As well as making it easier to get to sleep, studies shop that exercise can help to improve your overall sleep quality.

We've exercises for every level in our MS Active Together videos with fitness trainer Dom. Why not try one and let us know how you feel afterwards? We’d love to hear from you.

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