Staying active is such an important part of my life these days that it's hard to remember a time when I didn't go to the gym regularly. There's the friendship with other gym-goers; the feeling you get from setting big goals and reaching them; and, of course, all the ways staying active helps you emotionally. It doesn't matter what kind of day I'm having or if I feel totally down in the dumps; the instant I set foot in the gym, every single time, I instantly feel better. Without fail.
Sure enough, science has spent a substantial amount of time exploring the mental and emotional benefits of staying active — and they are abundant. Don't underestimate the power of a good workout, because it can change your mood and perspective like you would never believe. It's not just "in your head." The physiological impact is real.
It doesn't take much, either. It could be a brisk walk or 10 minutes of yoga. Personally, I'm in love with weightlifting. Find what you love, and make a little time for it every day.