Regularly exercising is “beneficial” for your mental health, a new research report has demonstrated.

An investigation by the University of Toronto has found that physical activity can boost your mental wellbeing.

Senior author Professor Catherine Sabiston said: “If people can engage in small bouts of physical activity throughout the day – even just a minute or two at a time – and build up to 10 to 20 minutes per day, that is beneficial.”

Exercising improves how we feel, think and act by increasing cellular and molecular processes, the study has reported.

Moving more increases the temperature of the human body too, making you feel safe and comforted. Feeling warm and comforted improves your mental health, the researchers have said.

Being active outside is also good for your mental wellbeing as spending time outdoors exacerbates all of the positive benefits, the study has identified.

People are advised to complete small bouts of exercise every day to improve their mental health.

Taking part in activities such as running, cycling and paddling is better for your overall health than team sports and group activities.

Top tips to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine include:

  • Taking the longer, walking route. This can include walking to work or taking the stairs instead of the lift
  • Changing your coffee date to a walking date
  • Breaking up prolonged sitting throughout the day by doing small bouts of exercise
  • Using technology devices and apps, such as a step tracker.

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