Exercising Helps

Despite the merits of exercising, exercising as a treatment for depressive patients has its pitfalls too. While there are many research on exercising as a treatment for depressive symptoms, most of these research are considered small scale, run for a limited period of time and some have doubts cast on the way the research is performed. It is also unknown if anaerobic exercise will help in alleviating depressive symptoms.

There is no definite answer as to how much exercise and its duration are considered adequate to cure depressive patients. Similarly, the extent to which exercising is effective as a treatment for people with different levels of depressive symptoms is unknown.

Nonetheless, an appropriate amount of exercise is certainly deemed good for the body. Exercise does keep us healthy and prevents depressive symptoms from recurring. Earlier studies have shown that Americans who exercised had a lower probability of developing depressive thoughts at the present and in future as well. Thus, exercising to keep depressive emotions at bay is certainly worth a try!

Exercise your way out of Depression

by The Anti Depression Team on

While there is no concrete evidence that exercise cures depression, many trials and studies seem to suggest that exercise will indeed be helpful in alleviating depressive symptoms. Exercising boosts both physical and mental health which helps to alleviate depressive thoughts. In addition, exercise may also aid in healing anxiety-related conditions.

Exercising triggers the generation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) which enhances the growth and maintenance of brain cells. As such, exercise helps to mitigate depressive symptoms in depressive individuals. Exercising enables the body to be under less pressure in the face of novel stimulus. Thus in the long run, it prevents us from developing depressive thoughts arising from minor issues such as missing an appointment.

Exercising could be the next preferred alternative for people suffering from depressive disorders since it is absolutely free with no side effects. Simple aerobic exercise such as walking five times per week or having a 30 minutes high intensity aerobic workout thrice weekly may become a potential treatment prescribed by medical staff.

Unlike antidepressant medications, exercising does not place a stigma on the depressive individuals. This may be a source of encouragement for patients to seek possible treatments. In addition, the benefits of exercising is shown faster than that of medication. Exercising affects the secretion of neurotransmitters which can enhance the level of galanin. The latter controls the amount of another neurotransmitter which helps to reduce stress faced by the individual.