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Exercise and Depression

Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-Being

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  • Now, in my previous article on how to exercise when depressed, I emphasized the importance of whisker goals as a way to build up your level of physical activity by starting off in small, manageable chunks.

    The first thing you mightthink of when it comes to exercise and depression is what is commonly known as“runner’s high.” This describes the release of endorphins that your brainexperiences when you physically exert yourself. Endorphins are a type ofneurotransmitter, or chemical messenger. They help relieve pain and stress.

  • You’re not alone. Nearly everyone I have spoken to has experienced supreme difficulty exercising while depressed — although not one of these people ever reported feeling worse after a walk.

    A suggests exercise may effectively prevent and treat . Previous research has pointed to the various benefits of exercise for depression, but many of the studies have been poorly designed or too small. A 2013 review concluded there was insufficient evidence to prove that exercise is effective against depression, so the three new studies collectively offer and insight for depression treatment.

  • Though we don’t know exactly , we think exercise combats depression by enhancing endorphins: natural chemicals that act like morphine and other painkillers. There’s also a theory that aerobic activity boosts norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood. And like antidepressants, exercise grow new neurons.

Can Exercise Cure Depression? | Psychology Today

Exercise for Depression study 3
A study found that walking fast for about 35 minutes daily 5 times per week or 60 minutes daily 3 times per week significantly influenced symptoms of mild to moderate depression. Walking fast for just 15 minutes daily 5 times per week or performing stretching exercises 3 times per week didn’t influence symptoms of depression as much.