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Can Exercise Improve Your Mood?

How long does it take exercise to improve mood? “Usually within five minutes after moderate exercise you get a mood-enhancement effect.” But the effects of physical activity extend beyond the short-term. Research shows that exercise can also help alleviate long-term depression.

Which type of exercise helps to improve mood? But if you don’t, just getting off the couch and moving for a little while can help. Ideally, to prevent depression you should do at least 15 minutes a day of higher-intensity exercise, such as running, or at least an hour of lower-intensity exercise, such as walking or housework.