Depression can be terrible and crippling. It can affect all aspects of your life. Your performance in work or school may start to slip, your personal relationships may suffer, and you may have a tough time finding joy in activities that usually cheer you up. So how can someone who is battling depression turn this around? The answer can sometimes be very simple… Exercise!
Studies show that exercising a few days a week can help ease the symptoms of depression. It may be tough to motivate yourself to exercise when you’re feeling blue, but just getting outside and doing moving a little bit may help you feel better and give you a more positive outlook. Exercising activates hormones within your brain that make you feel generally happier.
At Dr. Riba’s Health Club, your health and happiness are our top priority. Although it is less apparent to most people, your mental health is just as important to your well-being as your physical health. Getting outside and exercising can help improve both. At some point this week, we suggest that you get outside and begin an exercise regimen that you believe you will be able to sustain. If you are having a tough time thinking of a form of exercise that you will enjoy, try one of the following exercise methods recommended by Dr. Laura Martin of WebMD (2017).
- Walk or Run: Take it at your own pace. Simply getting outside and moving may help lift your mood.
- Yoga: This exercise can make you stronger, more flexible, and improve your mood. You can go to a class or look up assistive videos on YouTube.
- Garden: Getting involved in gardening can get you outside and moving around, and simply touching soil can release serotonin in your brain, which will in turn make you feel happier.
- Tennis: This game is fun, active, and requires a partner. If you get involved with another person, you are able to socialize and are more likely to stick to your workouts.
- Take the Stairs: If you are feeling down at work, you can find a quiet place to stretch or simply walk up and down the stairs a few times.
- Swim: Swimming engages the whole body, and water can be soothing for some.
- Bike: Riding a bike to run your errands or to see your friends is a great way to get exercise on your way to your destination.
- Strength Training: You can use weights or your own body weight to increase muscle mass and improve your flexibility.
- Walk your Dog: Rover needs his exercise too! Take your dog to the park or just around your block to keep both of your spirits up.
- Dance: It’s fun, it allows you to socialize, and it’s great exercise. Dance at home or find a studio near you that offers classes to help you improve.
WebMD article can be found here: