Regular exercise is important for maintaining overall health and fitness but can also have a very positive effect on your mood. It has also been shown it may help prevent stress, depression, and mental health in general. Continual exercise has even been shown to produce euphoria or a “runners high”. Exercise can help tremendously with somebody struggling with self esteem issues, just 5 minutes of activity can enhance their mood and even make a stressful day wash away. Routine physical exercise can help improve a variety of bodily functions such as sleep and cardiovascular activity, it has also been known to help maintain a healthy weight, muscle strength, joint mobility and even strengthen the immune system. Exercise can also contribute to the prevention of many deadly diseases and conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and even stress. The way we perceive our bodies and health means a lot to some of us, not only our self image is important but our health too which is why exercise should be a routine part of anyone’s day so that their body and mind can function to its full potential. So whenever something has you down, instead of retreating to your bed in tears, lace up and see your day improve ahead of you.