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Exercise and Depression

June 20, 2018

Get ready to get that summer body you want and ease your depression symptoms at the same time! A recent study out of Ireland shows a correlation between resistance training exercise (i.e. weightlifting and strength training) and a reduction in depression symptoms. In fact, the article indicates that various forms of exercise may provide benefits in reducing symptoms such as low mood, loss of interest and feelings of worthlessness. While it can be difficult to find the motivation for a regular exercise program, the benefits to both your physical and mental health are hard to deny!

The Mayo Clinic also agrees that exercise can have a positive impact on both depression and anxiety. An article from September 2017 discussed how exercise releases feel-good brain chemicals and takes your mind off of your troubles, in addition to promoting confidence as you reach your exercise goals. This all seems like common sense, right? We have all heard this before. So why is it so hard to start and stick with an exercise program?

First, it may start with the words “exercise program”. This does not sound enjoyable to most people. Mayo Clinic recommends making a list of enjoyable activities and building your routine around those activities to build motivation. Also, redefining what exercise is, as the goal is primarily to get moving and increase the heart rate, which can be done in a variety of different ways. Finally, consult with your mental health professional to collaborate on a plan that works for you! Let the staff at Main St. Psychiatry know if you are interested in finding ways to incorporate more physical activity into your lifestyle, and stay tuned for details on a support program dedicated to weight loss soon to be offered!

For more information, follow the links below, and always consult with your doctor prior to beginning an exercise regimen.

Ireland study from: http://time.com/5271079/resistance-training-depression/

Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/depression-and-exercise/art-20046495

 

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