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Physical Exercise

Getting your blood moving making your body healthy.

When you exercise for 20 minutes, you increase your heart rate for up to four hours.

This makes you more alert. 

Exercise releases a chemical called endorphins, these reduce the perception of pain and also give a positive feeling in your body similar to morphine.

 

Exercise helps you sleep better at night. It lowers your chance of heart disease, blood pressure and increases your energy levels. 

You can also double it up in benefit by doing it with friends, having fun in sport and being outside in nature. It can be as easy as going for a walk at lunchtime or gardening.

 

Practical tip:

Choose the same time every day to do it and set a reminder. You can also do exercise in your work breaks which can bring a welcome change to your day and revitalize you.

'Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate'

Woman’s health UK

 

'Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood'

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Practical tip:

set an alarm at an available time in your day to do 10 - 20 mins exercise and start by going for a walk

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