Making sure physical activity is a regular part of your daily routine can at once increase your self-esteem and reduce your stress and anxiety, the report claims.
Exercise can also act as prevention and treatment for a range of mental illnesses including anxiety and depression.
According to studies, people who regularly exercise have a 20-30% lower risk of developing depression and dementia.
The report recommends people use physical activity as a way of regulating their moods throughout the day, but it also warns against doing too much. Overdoing exercise can, the report says, lead to ‘short-lived negative effects’ such as low mood and irritability. “People should choose a type of physical activity based on what they enjoy doing,” it says.
While the report makes clear the...