Move Away From Depression

Read what I had to say about exercise and depression in The Health Action Magazine….

A review by Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Boston University of dozens of clinical studies showed that patients reported less anxiety, depression and stress after working out for as little as 25 minutes (Health & Medicine, Mind & Brain, 2010).  “Exercise appears to affect, like an antidepressant, particular neurotransmitter systems in the brain, and it helps patients with depression re-establish positive behaviors,” study co-author Jasper Smits, director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Program at SMU, said in a press release. The researchers are calling exercise a “magic drug.”

“After just 25 minutes, your mood improves, you are less stressed, you have more energy–and you’ll be motivated to exercise again tomorrow. A bad mood is no longer a barrier to exercise; it is the very reason to exercise,” Smits says.

No pain no gain? No way
Exercise need not be challenging or uncomfortable to gain the benefit of a better mood and decrease in depression symptoms.

“Anything that gets you off the couch and moving is exercise that can help improve your mood,” according to the Mayo Clinic. This includes gardening, washing your car, or strolling around the block and other non-intense activities.

Cat Dillon of Caterpillar Fitness and Nutritional Wellness in Vancouver ( agrees. “Moderate exercise offers the most benefits and regularity is important,” she says.

Dillon says she can see a person’s whole being and overall energy change during a fitness session. She attributes this to numerous factors, including increased breathing, stress relief, a regulation of hormones and the opportunity for the person to physically express what they’re feeling. Some of Dillon’s clients have, with the guidance of their doctors, been able to lower their depression medication due to their new exercise habits.

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