Every day I speak to people and I always hear different reason why they cannot or haven’t been exercising at all. From “having no time” to “Have no motivation”. What really got me recently is I had couple of people actually bravely told me that they are too depressed to do anything at all.
Too depressed to even work and even spends their life at home doing absolutely nothing and relying on “Anti- Depressants”. I was happy that they actually got the courage to finally get up and get to the gym to make a difference in their lives.
Let me tell you a little thing about depression. Depression refers to psychiatric problem disorder encompassing a wide range of mental health problems characterised by loss of interest and inability to find enjoyment in ordinary things and experiences, episodes of unhappiness, persistent low mood and a range of associated emotional, cognitive, physical and behavioural symptoms.
The cause of depression is unknown but it is likely result from a complex interaction of biological, psychological and environmental/social factors.
I know everybody gets in low mood from time to time but this is different from that. Depression is diagnosed when a person had a number of depressive consistently for couple of weeks or more.
This symptoms includes:
-Continuous depressed mood
-Feeing’s of hopelessness
-Reduced interest in activities
Depression can affect anyone at any time.
By changing your lifestyle this could intervene with your depression problems by exercising, dietary change, social support and stress management.
So how can exercise help with your depressions?
Research in the area of physical activity and mental health has found that a positive relationship exists between physical activity and mental health.
There is a growing evidence to suggest that it is not necessarily the exercise per se that is responsible for the positive experiences that people have, but the factors such as social interactions that take place during undertaking physical activity such as group class, boot camps or even training with friends.
Physical activity is useful for preventing and easing symptoms of depression. Bear in mind the factors such as anxiety, hopelessness and lethargy can make exercise very challenging; therefore a flexible and enjoyable exercise programme or class will have the best chance of for success.
Simple walk (alone or in a small group) would be a great for someone that is just starting out and trying to ease into active lifestyle.
Being with other participants and great exercise atmosphere are important too, as exercise itself.
Exercise releases feel-good brain chemical that eases depression such as endorphins. Endorphins triggers a positive feeling in the body similar to morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.
Endorphins act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. They also act as sedatives and same ones that bind some pain medicines but unlike morphine or medicines, Endorphins does not to addiction or dependence.
Regular exercise reduces stress, ward off anxiety and feelings of depression, boost self-esteem and confidence and helps improve sleep.
Any type of exercise is useful as long as it suits you and you do enough of it. Also, exercising with a close friend, your partner or joining group exercise because strong emotional support and knowing that others are supportive o you is very beneficial.