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As weather warms, outdoor activities can help with mental health

May typically brings an increase in sunny skies and warmer weather, prompting residents across the region to spend more time outdoors. With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, getting outside to enjoy nature and engaging in physical activity can help alleviate some mental health symptoms.

While regular exercise’s direct impact on mental health is still being studied, researchers found many instances where exercise helped reduce the chances of developing depression or experiencing symptoms.

“Everyone knows exercise is great for physical health, but it’s also really beneficial for mental health, emotional health,” said Mike Shapiro, vice president of operations for Ignite Fitness Holdings with Planet Fitness.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the “feel-good” endorphins released during exercise help reduce stress. An individual may also have more confidence as they better their relationship with their bodies and socialize with like-minded individuals.

Shapiro added that regular exercise also helps improve

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