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Here's how long it takes exercise to help your mental health
It’s no secret that exercise has a positive impact on both your mental and physical health. With benefits including improved sleep, better mood, reduced stress and more self-confidence it’s no wonder that regular physical activity comes highly recommended.
But how long do you need to exercise before you can expect it to make a difference? Good question. The answer is, it depends on what you’re looking for and whether you’re looking for a short-term gain or a long-term change. Let’s explore how the timing of your exercise routine can help you reap these mental health rewards.
Instant mood enhancement - get 'em endorphins!
When we say: ‘give it your all, even if your all is 10 minutes’, we mean it. On average, it can take around 10 minutes of exercise for your body to start producing endorphins. That’s according to a study conducted by wiggle.co.uk which found that people who exercise at least three times a week start to feel the natural high from exercise after nine minutes and 44 seconds.
A regular exercise habit reaps the long-term benefits
Your mind and mental health are forever changing and keeping them in check is not a quick fix. Staying active on a regular basis will bring you lots of benefits. Making exercise a part of your daily routine, even if it’s just for a few minutes will make you feel better. It’s why we say: it all counts.