Did you know that there is now a great deal of research showing that exercise really does help people suffering from depression?
Further, regular exercise has been shown to help prevent the onset of depression.
Exercise and depression
- exercise is an effective, but often underutilised, treatment for the symptoms of mild to moderate depression
- any form of exercise can help depression
- to get the most benefit you should exercise for at least 30 minutes, 3 times a week. If you are a beginner, build up to this. Even a little exercise is better than none
- unlike antidepressants, exercise in not chemically addictive
- exercise can increase self-esteem and help you sleep better, an important factor for people with depression
Anyone who suspects they are experiencing depression should consult their general practitioner. If you want to learn more about how exercise can help with managing depression, discuss it with your preferred physiotherapist.