Dear Pharmacist: I’m going through a lot right now. This year, my New Year’s resolution is to exercise more, hoping to take my mind off everything. My schedule only allows me to go to the gym twice per week. Will this help me feel better, in terms of anxiety or mood? — F.A., New York
Answer: You’re among an estimated 38 percent of Americans that make a New Year’s resolution to either lose weight or exercise more. That’s around 125 million people! While you tighten those abs, you increase happy brain chemicals, thus enhancing feelings of a good mood and reducing anxiety. Exercising during the day improves sleep. So yes, this is the perfect time for you to commit, and I commend you for using the gym as your solution as opposed to other solutions, like the drinkable, addictive sort.
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