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THIS MONTH, MATT LISTER REDISCOVERS THE POWER OF EXERCISE IN OVERCOMING DEPRESSION AND BOOSTING BRAIN AS WELL AS BRAWN

BATTLING BACK

After being caught up in the tragedy at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester back in May, I struggled to get myself back up and running. But I’ve used my sport to help me deal with depression in the past, and, fortunately, remembered how helpful exercise can be for mental health — there’s a reason doctors recommend it to patients suffering from depression. In some cases, it can be just as effective as taking anti-depressants. Here are a few reasons why.

Self-confidence It hard to forget that when we exercise, we start to feel better about the way we look. Studies have repeatedly shown that just one moderate workout can boost self-esteem. If you can’t love yourself…

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TO THE EXTREME Adventurer and extreme athlete Gavan Hennigan is at ease with himself. But that wasn’t always the case as cripplingly low self-esteem and a struggle to accept both his sexuality and his sexual preference, led him down a path of almost fatal self-destruction.