Exercise improves anxietyResearch shows that exercise is as effective as antidepressants in cases of mild depression, and can also alleviate anxiety, so get moving!

If you’re on the easy plan, dedicate just 5 minutes today to physical activity–stretching, jumping jacks, go for a walk–don’t hurt yourself, but move!

If you’re physically fit but unmotivated, try the 7 Minute Workout app.  Quick, effective, and you don’t have to think about it.

If you’re already physically active, do a full workout and/or spend some time thinking about your workout routine.  Do you need to change things up, challenge yourself more?  Register for a 5K , half marathon, or new yoga class?  Keep yourself challenged, but above all, keep exercising!  It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Power 20 is a great app with 20 minute exercise routines based on your fitness level (there’s a free and $2.99 version).

For more information on exercise and depression, check out this article by Harvard Health Publications:  Exercise and Depression

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