In a fast-paced society, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Whenever I’m stressed out I like to go for a run (or a walk) in order to clear my head. While it’s well known that working out is beneficial for your physical health, its benefits on mental health aren’t discussed as much.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, by increasing your physical activity, you are improving your cardiovascular health, and lowering your chances of Type 2 diabetes and even some cancers. You’ll also enhance your everyday life, as simple tasks will become easier, such as walking up the stairs without losing your breath.

However, Psychology Today, states that exercise is also great for mental health as it releases hormones that make you happy, such as endorphins and enkephalins. Thinking about your form while you’re working out could prevent you from thinking about things you’re stressed about! The same article from Psychology Today says that exercise may help treat moderate depression and anxiety.

So the next time you’re feeling stressed, I encourage you to lace up your sneakers and get some exercise!