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Exercise and Depression

Exercise and Depression

What are the Psychological Benefits of Exercise for People With Depression?

👉Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These interact with the receptors in your brain and reduce your perception of pain.

👉Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric”. That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energising outlook on life.

👉Endorphins act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. They also act as sedatives.

👉Endorphins are manufactured in your brain, spinal cord and many other parts of your body, and are released in response to brain chemicals called neurotransmitters.

👉The neurone receptors that endorphins bind to are the same ones that bind some pain medicines.

👉However, the activation of these receptors by the body’s endorphins does not lead to the addiction or dependence people experience with morphine.

👉Regular exercise has been proven to:

• Reduce stress

• Ward off anxiety and feelings of depression

• Boost self-esteem

• Improve sleep

👉Exercise also has the added health benefits of:

• Strengthening your heart

• Increasing your energy levels

• Lowering your blood pressure

• Improving muscle tone and strength

• Strengthening and building bones

• Helping to reduce body fat

• Making you look fit and healthy

Research has shown that exercise is an effective but often underused treatment for people with mild to moderate depression.

Exercise and Depression

👉👊It appears that any form of exercise can help with

depression, including:

• Biking

• Dancing

• Gardening

• Golf (walking instead of using the cart)

• Housework, especially sweeping, mopping or vacuuming

• Jogging at a moderate pace

• Low-impact aerobics

• Playing tennis

• Swimming

• Walking

• Yard work, especially mowing or raking

• Yoga

👊👊👊It is a good idea to join a group exercise class or personal fitness Training at Flatsnout boxing because strong social support is important for those with depression.

👊👊👊In doing so, you will benefit from the physical activity and emotional comfort that comes with knowing that others are supportive of you.


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