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Many people suffer from anxiety and depression at some point in their life. There are many ways that you can ease the symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) yourself. Regular exercise, particularly aerobic exercise can help you to combat stress and release tension. Research also suggests that for some, exercise can be as effective as antidepressants at reducing symptoms of mild and moderate depression.

Being physically active can lift your moods, reduces stress and anxiety, boosts the release of endorphins such as serotonin (your body's feel-good chemicals) giving that feel good factor.

Try to reduce the amount of time spent in sedentary activity. Aim to do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week. You can achieve this by breaking activity up into bouts of 10 minutes or more, making it easier to fit into your daily activities. Going for a brisk walk is a good example.

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Fact Zone

Sedentary activity can be time spent sitting watching television or lying down (other than when sleeping)
Sedentary behaviour - continually living in a sedentary way - such as sitting reading, watching TV or travelling by car, bus or train and not taking appropriate amounts of physical activity are associated with the risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, some cancer and premature death.


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