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Davina McCall on how exercise can really help benefit your mental health and wellbeing

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Davina McCall shares her brilliant advice on how exercise helps her mentally – not just physically. 

It’s hard to believe that Davina McCall has been gracing our TV screens since 1992. From hosting Big Brother to The Million Pound Drop, since then McCall has certainly positioned herself as a household name.

And if there’s one thing we’ve learned about her over the years, it’s that she loves nothing better than keeping fit and healthy (note: just take a look at her Instagram).

Which is why we invited her into the Stylist office to tell us just exactly how exercise makes her feel. Not only does it help her stay fit, but it’s mentally beneficial, too.

“From my own personal experience, when I’ve been in a fug exercise has definitely seen me through,” McCall explains, stressing that finding a type of exercise you actually enjoy is the key to sticking at it.

“Find the thing that makes you tick. Find the workout that fits. Because otherwise you’re not going to go, right?” she asks.

“You never regret a workout. You can do this and it does make a huge difference.”

Take a look below at all the ways in which exercising helps McCall on a daily basis. 

1) It can help to boost your self-esteem 

“Increasing your fitness can make you feel good about yourself because you think ‘I’m getting somewhere’,” says McCall. “With running when you see yourself go a bit further or a little bit without stopping or without walking, you think ‘Oh my gosh, I can do this’. It’s not just fitness, there’s a sense of achievement.”

2) It’s an act of self-love

“It’s a bit like cooking for yourself, it’s about saying you’re worth it,” says McCall. “When you’re feeling down or feeling a bit blue, and you just think ‘ugh, what’s the point?’ There is a point because after you’ve done it you’ll think ‘yeah! I did that for myself, I didn’t do it for you. I didn’t do it for the guy over there that I quite fancy. I’m doing this for me, and I’m doing something great for my body.”

3) It can have a positive impact on your mood 

“The thing that I find that really helps me a lot is music activated exercise,” explains McCall. “When I run I have to listen to really loud, banging tunes. When I do that I get this kind of euphoria that comes over me and it sort of stays with me all day. Couple that with exercise and the endorphins, and it does make a huge difference.”

Watch our interview with McCall in full above.

Davina: Power Box and Tone is available now on DVD and Digital Download. 

Images: Instagram 

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Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for Stylist.co.uk, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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