Exercise has been known to improve moods, but can it help anxiety and depression?

Tisha Bayless with the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois says yes, it can.

“Exercise is something we know produces great physical outcomes, but it produces great mental health outcomes as well,” Bayless says. “The link between exercise and mood is very strong.”

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Bayless says exercise can improve moods, but it also affects physical responses associated with depression and anxiety – heart rate, blood pressure and respiration to name a few. 

Bayless also suggests surrounding yourself with positivity – cutting off people who stress you out, and perhaps cultivating new relationships.
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