Ask our feel younger expert: Can exercise lift my mood?

Ask our feel younger expert: Can exercise lift my mood?
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Julie says: Of the thousands of people I have taught exercise to over the years, this is one of the biggest benefits they notice – moving more really can make you feel good! It doesn’t have to be hard work, the most important thing is to find something you enjoy and stick with it.

When you exercise, your brain releases chemicals, which work together to make you feel good. In addition, after exercising you may feel a sense of accomplishment and your muscles relax, easing tension and strain. This in turn helps you to sleep better and feel less fatigued.

Any form of dancing is a great choice as music can also lift your mood; getting outdoors to walk or work in the garden is also beneficial and Tai Chi or yoga helps teach you relaxation techniques. If you can find an exercise class that suits you, whether it’s line-dancing, aquarobics or chair-based exercise, then you have the added benefit of socialising and having fun too. 

After you exercise make sure you cool down gradually, tighten then relax your muscles from head to toe noticing the difference as you release the tension.

Julie Robinson is a specialist fitness instructor with a range of DVDs available at www.moveitorloseit.co.uk 0800 612 0450
Send your fitness questions to Julie via email at yours@bauermedia.co.uk