Exercise to Combat Depression

If someone told you that there was another way to combat depression that didn’t involve taking medication, would you believe them?  Start believing, because there is a way: exercise. While exercise may not cure depression, it can help combat or relieve its symptoms.

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which is a chemical that makes you feel good. Not only are you releasing endorphins when you exercise, you can also build up your stamina which will give you more energy to do the things you love to do. Plus, if you feel that you are a little on the hefty side, exercising can help you lose a bit of weight and boost your self esteem which will also make you feel good.
The trick is getting yourself motivated to exercise when you are depressed. After all, the last thing anyone wants to do when they are down in the dumps is get up and do aerobics, right? It might be hard to get started but, it will most likely be worth it because studies show that exercising for even a small amount of time can help boost your mood. Setting small goals for yourself is a very important thing to do because if you tell yourself you want to achieve a near impossible goal, if you don’t succeed then you are just going to make yourself even more depressed. But setting small goals and achieving them can do wonderful things to your mood.

If your depression is caused by a worry, such as paying bills or getting something done on time, then exercising can provide a distraction that will keep your mind away from those worries even if its just for a short amount of time. Even that small distraction can be a relief and might end up clearing your mind a bit so you can look at the problem with a fresh view and maybe you will find out that the problem isn’t as big as it seems.

Any type of exercise can make you feel better, whether its going to the gym, just taking a jog around the neighborhood or even just doing some exercises at home.  Think you are too busy to exercise? You are wrong. It only takes a few minutes to do a few crunches or push-ups and you can even run or jog in place while you watch your favorite TV show.  Changing up your boring routine with a bit of exercise is something that could be very good for you. Take a little walk when you get up in the morning or set a time everyday just for exercising.
While exercising may not be able to completely cure depression, it can definitely help relieve some of the symptoms that are common with depression. If you are tired of being depressed and want to do something about it, now is as good a time as any to get up and exercise your way to happiness.


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