Change your Mood in Minutes

 

Research from Duke University in North Carolina shows that exercising three times a week can be just as effective as medication in relieving the symptoms of depression. In some studies, participants were no longer classified as being clinically depressed after incorporating regular exercise into their lives.

The idea that regular exercise can improve the symptoms of anxiety and depression is not new. Hippocrates was the first western physician to prescribe this treatment 2500 years ago and doctors have been recommending it to their patients ever since. Medication and therapy can take many weeks before an improvement is noticed, but exercise can have an immediate effect on mood and self esteem.

Studies show that both aerobic exercise and resistance training help to increase serotonin levels in the body. This is the same effect that anti-depressant medication has. Exercise has also been shown to create a marked improvement in those who previously had only achieved a mediocre result with medication alone.

Serotonin is found in three main areas of the body; the intestinal wall, large constricted blood vessels and the central nervous system. The functions of serotonin are numerous and include control of appetite, sleep, memory and learning, temperature regulation, mood, behaviour, cardiovascular function, muscle contraction and endocrine regulation.

Exercise also provides a distraction from negative thought and behavioural patterns often associated with depression. It keeps the focus on the positive and helps you connect with positive, like minded people. It is the connection with positive people that helps to significantly boost confidence and self esteem and overcome feeling of hopelessness, helplessness and fatigue.

Exercise is a great to tool to instantly change the way you feel at any time when you feel depressed, stressed or anxious. If your body is tired, sluggish and sedentary then your mind will be too. Making the commitment to move each day for 30 minutes will ensure that your body is alert and energised, leading your mind in the same way.

So what are waiting for?

It’s fun and it’s free!!! Go for a 30 minute walk today.

 

 

 

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3 Responses to Change your Mood in Minutes

  1. Annie Clark says:

    Great Post Jen, and I agree with you about movement. Movement is magic, and when you are moving your brain is moving too… xx Annie

  2. tracey says:

    Hi Annie, I agree strong body, strong mind.

  3. Hi there, everything is going well here and ofcourse every one is sharing data,
    that’s in fact good, keep up writing.

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