GET OUT­SIDE

Friday - - Living -

Re­search from the Univer­sity of Es­sex in the UK has found that even five min­utes’ ex­er­cise out­side is all it takes to im­prove men­tal well-be­ing, en­hance your mood and boost en­ergy lev­els: ex­po­sure to nat­u­ral light means sero­tonin – the body’s nat­u­ral feel-good hor­mone – is boosted, leav­ing you feel­ing up­lifted and pos­i­tive. Even a stroll will do the trick, so get your walk­ing shoes on and head to Safa Park pronto.

MIND YOUR MOVE­MENTS

It’s well-doc­u­mented that aer­o­bic ex­er­cise has the abil­ity to soothe rat­tled nerves, but you don’t have to sweat it to reap the health ben­e­fits. An ex­per­i­ment by US car­di­ol­o­gist and health au­thor Dr James Rippe, founder of Rippe Life­style In­sti­tute, stud­ied dif­fer­ent types of walk­ers and found the stress-re­duc­ing ef­fects on the ‘mind­ful’ walk­ers – those pay­ing at­ten­tion to their foot­steps, breath­ing and sur­round­ings – were just the

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