Exercise for Anxiety & Depression

 

 Did you know doing the right form of exercise can help boost your mood if you have mild to moderate depression or anxiety?

 

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“Scientists have found that regular participation in aerobic exercise can decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilise moods, improve sleep, and also improve self-esteem. About five minutes of aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects. Science has also provided some evidence that physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression than sedentary people. Exercise may improve mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress. In one study, researchers found that those who got regular vigorous exercise were 25 percent less likely to develop depression or an anxiety disorder over the next five years.” (Exercise and Depression Association of America)

Here are some top tips to get you started:

  • Jog, walk, bike, or dance three to five times a week for 30 minutes.
  • Set yourself small daily goals, getting daily consistencies are better than perfect workouts. Lots of scientific data suggests that frequency is most important.
  • Find an exercise you enjoy. Extroverted people often like classes and group activities. People who are more introverted often prefer solo pursuits.
  • Distract yourself with an iPod or other portable media player to download audiobooks, podcasts, or music. Many people find it’s more fun to exercise while listening to something they enjoy.
  • Recruit an “exercise buddy.” It’s often easier to stick to your exercise routine when you have to stay committed to a friend, partner, or colleague.
  • Be patient when you start a new exercise program. Most people require about four to eight weeks to feel coordinated and sufficiently in shape so that exercise feels easier.

If you would like to help boost your mood and energy levels contact the Sport Centre today to see how we can help you!

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