Benefits of Exercise in Managing Depression

Depression is a major ailment in today’s highly stressed life. People from all age groups fall victims to this disease. But now studies have found that regular exercise is an effective way to relieve some major forms of depression. People who exercise regularly experience fewer depression and anxiety problems than those who do not exercise on a regular basis. For mild to moderate depression, regular exercise of moderate intensity can be an effective treatment in itself. As per the latest research, exercise can further assist depression in individuals with depression who have responded only partially to an antidepressant medication. Both aerobic exercise like brisk walking, cycling or jogging and heavy exercise like weight-lifting are proven to be equally effective for depression. Regular exercise increases the levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter involved in mood, sleep, libido, appetite and other functions, and has been linked to depression. Exercise also increases endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that carry the mood-lifting properties. Some major benefits of regular exercises are highlighted as follows: • Helps to get a good night’s sleep • Provides distraction from worries and rumination • Provides social support and reducing loneliness if exercise is done with other people • Increase a sense of control and self-esteem, by taking an active role in the individual’s own recovery • Increase the energy levels

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