London: Regular exercise can improve your emotional state and lower your risk of developing depression and dementia by 20 to 30 per cent, according to a new report, says PTI.

The report being released by the Mental Health Foundation, a UK-based charity, found that taking part in regular physical activity can both increase self-esteem and reduce stress and anxiety. It can act as both prevention and treatment for various mental illnesses including depression and anxiety.

“One way to enhance our mental well-being and protect our mental health is through participating in physical activity,” it stated.

Those who exercise regularly have a 20-30 per cent lower risk for depression and dementia, The Independent reported.

The report suggested using physical activity to “regulate mood during the day” but warns against overdoing it – for this could result in “short-lived negative effects” such as “low mood and irritability”.