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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > August 2018 > EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO JOY!


Words Laura Potter. Photograph Stocksy

We’ve long known that physical activity can reduce depression and anxiety, but now researchers have sifted through the available evidence – 23 studies – to explore whether exercise positively increases good mental health. They found solid evidence of an association between activity and positive mood, and interestingly also revealed that you don’t have to put in hours and hours to reap the benefits; several studies confirmed that happiness levels were the same whether people exercised for 150-300 minutes a week, or more than 300. Also, compared to totally inactive people, the odds of being happy was 29 per cent higher for sufficiently active people and, among very active people, the odds of greater happiness was 52 per cent higher. If that’s not a good reason to lace up your trainers, slip on your swimsuit or layer up your Lycra, then we don’t know what is!

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Escape with our healthy holiday issue! Inside, you’ll find our ultimate guide to mindful travel, with tips on how to make this holiday your best one yet, plus a piece on the joys of staycations for those of you not venturing abroad. Comedian Amy Schumer dishes on outdated beauty ideals, and we investigate the vacation health issues you haven’t heard of, but should have. Plus, your holiday hair guide (goodbye frizz), vegan picnics and BBQ to keep you eating happy all summer, and why recovery is the new fitness trend. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!

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