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Exercise is Your Ultimate Anti-Depressant

Exercise is Your Ultimate Anti-Depressant

Regular physical activities is a good way to help prevent or manage mild depression or anxiety. You can reap all the physical and mental health benefits of an exercise within the 30-minutes, five times a week.


 

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Exercise as a Medical Treatment

Medical studies indicate that fitness has a helpful impact on an individual suffering from depression. Exercise produces endorphins, the body’s feel-good hormones. It also influences the circulation of neurotransmitters in the brain in a way similar to antidepressant medication. Below are some benefits that exercise can do to our mental health:


• Mood lift
• Improved sleeping patterns
• Reduce negative thoughts
• Encourages a healthy social life when they work out with buddies
• Increase energy levels and lees fatigue

Additionally, exercise decreases stress levels and increases overall health and well-being. In this respect, it eliminates one more thing over which to be depressed. Consistent exercise can also help build an immunity to stress, so you suffer less anxiety and experience more peace-of-mind.

 


 

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How to get Started?

Start slowly - Psychologists study shows how exercise relieves anxiety and depression. A 10-minute walk may be just as good as a 45-minute workout.
Do what is enjoyable - Find forms of exercise that are fun and enjoyable, or plan activities that are relaxing with your friends and family.
Include other people – Continue to socialize is an important part of recovery. Stay connected with friends and family that can help increase your well being and confidence.

 

 


 

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Keep it Going

•  Reward yourself with something that'll lift your mood up, and don’t return to that negative habit.
•  Encourage yourself to stay fit and engage more actively in your everyday routine.
• Acknowledge that you are not alone, people around you will understand and help you.

 


 

 

References

http://fitnessandwellnessnews.com/exercise-lift-the-weight-of-depression/ 

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/depression-and-exercise 

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/the-mental-health-benefits-of-exercise.html

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