Study: Exercise Should Be First Treatment for Depression
It even works better than counseling for improving mental health, and it doesn't have to cost you a dime. Yet, you need to know it's dose dependent. https://youtu.be/lxocYm2oFgY STORY AT-A-GLANCE An overview of 97 systematic reviews and meta-analyses found exercise is 1.5 times more ef
This is a topic that is interesting and hits home with my family. My younger daughter has had problems with depression that she assumed was post-partum. During that time, she got very involved in exercise, such as Crossfit. She was in good shape. Then she started doing a lot of yoga. But she got steadily worse. A doctor had her on some really strong benzos like Xanax. Now she has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.
Would you say that exercise is mostly a cure for mild depression and anxiety?
Another excellent article, I am pleased that you wrote it but even happier that I took the time to read it.
The article asserts that exercise is one and a half times more likely to help an indiividual fight depression than medicine treatment for the same condition. From my experience, much of the medical treatment for depression and related illnesses are not beneficial in the first place because all they do is treat the symptoms a patient is feeling and actually do nothing to affect the trauma or thoughts in one’s head that cause the condition in the first place.
The higher incident of exercise lowering the risk of death also seems pertinent as many anti-anxiety or depression drugs carry a risk of mortality within themselves.
Exercise along with healthy nutrition and sufficient Vitamin D has been known to help depression and possess mental health benefits. However, this post shows the quantitation of exercise time, amount, and type of exercises from relevant and credible literature (a large no of randomized clinical trials and also animal trials) sources to prove the benefits scientifically.
They also came up with the “why” of what happens to explain these benefits. muscular exercise and insulin activity benefit sugar getting to the muscle cells is one of the finest explanations that help diabetes type 2 suffers prevent blood sugar elevation.
The accompanying video discussion with literature with doctors helps understand the process.
I always look for precautions that have been illustrated well at the end not to mesh up with an exercise routine that may turn out to be adverse.
I have been dealing with depression and other mental health issues for so long and in between all of this time, I’ve tried everything. I started working out solo because it’s what work best for me, then I started going to the gym, but that only made my anxiety flare up. I’m too depressed to even think about exercising. It has become a battlefield in my mind whenever I think of being active. I think that exercising helps, in the way that it produces serotonin to help us out throughout the day, but it can also be extremely hard for those battling depression. It’s always important to have boundaries and know our limits. For some people, exercise is the key, for others, exercise can make people more depressed and frustrated.
This is a great read.
I have long been an advocate for physical activity and the multitude of benefits this provides for everyone. Regardless of health, age, gender, exercise is the key to good health.
I have seen a little of the research for the benefits on mental health, and also have seen our community starting to look at advocating physical exercise to those with mental health issues. We have come a long way, but there is still much to be done here.
My questions are; do GP’s prescribe exercise now to those with mental health issues, as part of their treatment? Do psychologists prescribe the same? And if not, why is this so long in being implemented, even at a trial level?
I could comment all day on this issue, it’s certainly a passion area of mine, having a physical education, education, psychology, ironman triathlete background. Thanks for your post!
According to this post, exercise is 1.5 times more likely to assist an individual overcome depression than medication treatment for the same ailment. In my view, much of the medical therapy for depression and similar disorders is ineffective since it just treats the symptoms a patient is experiencing and does little to address the trauma or ideas in one’s brain that produce the condition in the first place. It is always necessary to set boundaries and understand our limits. Thank you so much for this fantastic artilce!
I don’t think we were designed to sit around, and the problem is that most of us sit way too much. We were designed to move and be active. I agree that exercise could be beneficial in the treatment of depression, as I always feel better after I have exercised and worse after a day of inactivity.
I think that the trick is also finding an exercise you enjoy. It is no used doing it if you hate it. So if you don’t enjoy going to the gym for instance, maybe a better exercise for you would be a walk out in the fresh air, or maybe a dance class.
One point that particularly stood out to me in your article was how exercise could potentially address some of the root causes of depression, such as inflammation and oxidative stress. It’s intriguing to think about how physical activity could have such a profound impact on the body and the mind. Thank you for sharing.
I have always known that exercise can lower the risk of mental health issues, like depression, but it is very interesting to see the statistical evidence you mention. As a woman I find it fascinating that men and women had different experiences with the volume of vigorous‐intensity activity, something that I assumed would be the same.
I recently joined an exercise group and we practice three times a week for 45 minutes, so it is reassuring to see that there are the same benefits to exercising just over weekends, or also during the week, depending on how time allows you.
I always feel better after exercising, and this post confirms that there are several health benefits to regular exercise, including improving depression.