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The Latest Research on Exercise and Depression

A growing body of research shows that exercise is extremely effective in combating depression.  And it’s effective no matter who you are or how you exercise.  Research results reveal that:  1) almost all types of exercise are equally effective and 2) exercise fights depression in all life stages — from childhood, to pregnancy, to old age.

Dr. Smith is concerned about the upswing in the use of medication for depression — drugs that have potentially dangerous side effects — and is, therefore, eager to share the latest research on exercise and depression with patients.

Evidence suggests that exercise improves depression symptoms because it:

  • Positively affects the levels of certain mood-enhancing neurotransmitters in the brain.
  • Boosts feel-good endorphins.
  • Improves sleep.
  • Reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  • Increases body temperature.
  • Instills a sense of mastery and control in life.
  • Bolsters self-esteem.
  • Provides a distraction from worries.
  • Rids built-up stress and frustration.

When suffering from depression, getting up and exercising can seem like an impossible task.  But it’s not impossible, and even a small amount of exercise can make a huge difference.

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