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Feeling Blue: How Exercise Helps Fight Depression

January 23, 2015

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Depression is a common problem nowadays, and it’s a big one. It makes problems out of nothing, and huge deals out of small, unimportant things. And when you feel like not doing anything, when your depression hits you hard – that is the best time to strike back.

And there is no better tool than exercise. Although exercise seems like the last thing you want to do in those moments, just trust us on this one. Once you get motivated, exercise will make a huge difference with your mood!

Does exercise help with depression?

Numerous researches on anxiety, depression and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help reduce anxiety and improve mood.

Although links between them aren’t exactly clear, it is without any doubt that all forms of physical activity can definitely ease symptoms of anxiety or depression and make you feel better.

Physical activity also helps keep anxiety and depression from coming back once you’re feeling better.

How does it help?

Regular exercise helps ease depression by releasing feel-good brain chemicals, like neurotransmitters, endorphins and endocannabinoids that ease depression. It also reduces the amount of immune system chemicals that worsen depression and it increases body temperature, which has calming effects.

Apart from the chemical benefits, regular exercise boosts self-confidence, works as a distraction, takes your mind off worries and negative thoughts; it can even get you to be more socially involved. It’s a great way to meet or socialize with others, and it’s known that there’s no worse thing than to be alone while depressed.

And let’s not forget that working out is a great and healthy way to cope with problems. Heavily drinking, dwelling on your problems and worse strategies will only make you feel worse. So if you’re feeling blue, put your track suit on and go for a run. It will help, you’ll see.

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