To keep the body in good health is a duty otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha
Did you know that only 30 minutes of cardio exercise has the effect of a mild anti-depressant?
Some more facts confirmed through studies regarding the positive effects of exercise on our mental well-being:
- Just 30 minutes of brisk exercise three times a week was as effective as medication in relieving
symptoms, and reducing relapse, in many patients with mild-to-moderate depression.
- Over half of older women with depression that did not respond to medication showed
improvement with 10 weeks of exercise.
- Studies on elderly, depressed patients report modest benefits from exercise, even in those who
do not respond to antidepressants. Simply participating in a group activity may help improve
- Teenagers who are active in sports have a greater sense of well-being than their sedentary
peers. The more vigorously they exercise, the better their emotional health.
- Physical inactivity is strongly linked to depression in children 8 – 12 years of age.
- Exercise decreases some of the most troublesome emotional symptoms of menopause. Women
who exercise during menopause showed less anxiety, stress, and depression than inactive
women with menopause did.
Pilates, yoga, brisk walks or a bit of weight training at your favourite gym are all excellent ways to aid in
keeping the blues at bay (especially during the upcoming colder, darker months). Find something that
you enjoy that MOVES you and I promise you will feel the positive effects!
Sherry Campbell M.A. RSW OACCPP (R)
Professional Speaker & Psychotherapist