The secret to why exercise is so good for mental health?

there’s a magic chemical connection between mood, strength and longevity

makes life feel better.

When muscles contract, they secrete chemicals into the bloodstream. Among these chemicals are myokines, which have been referred to as “hope molecules”

These small proteins travel to the brain, cross the blood-brain barrier, and act as an antidepressant.

exercise also releases neurotransmitters such as dopamine, noradrenaline and serotonin that have a positive impact on our brains.

Our brains and bodies do better with exercise and physical activity, and more exercise makes us less anxious and depressed.

We could do so much more to promote a healthy, lifelong relationship with exercise.

So when you’re feeling low, it’s tempting to do a Netflix binge, or spend hours scrolling on social media comparing others’ lives to yours, and feeling increasingly sad.

whether it’s joining a team, going for a long walk, or finding a community gym or yoga class. You’ll certainly feel more        hopeful                         afterwards.