Fight Depression Exercising

Exercise is a very effective way to fight depression and also keep your body fit and healthy. Extensive research shows that exercise stimulates our brain to produce serotonin and endorphin and these two chemicals are responsible for making us feel good. The best part of exercising is that it gives instant effect as soon as we feel our heart pumping quicker the serotonin and endorphins are being released in our system.

While antidepressants take around two weeks to start the process of producing the feel good chemicals, exercising has immediate effect. This is so effective that the UK government is planning to invest £20 million in an exercise programme where doctors will refer patients with mild depression to be part of this rather than take medications. There are an alarming number of people today looking for treatment because they are addicted to antidepressants.

As soon as the first symptoms of depression are detected the best strategy is to use nutrition, exercise and natural remedies. Antidepressants interfere with our brain chemistry and scientists are far from knowing for sure the implications in the long term. One thing we know for sure the antidepressants will interfere with our brain chemicals and will affect our mental state triggering a mood change. The problem is the uncertainty of the consequences.

What kind of exercise?

It doesn’t have to be exhausting kind of exercises. The most important thing is for it to be enjoyable. Walking is one of the best ones as it doesn’t require any special equipment or outfits and has a zero cost. Try to do it listening to music as it can help a lot to make it a breeze and more importantly music can help to loosen up stuck emotions. Pay attention to your body when you are walking and respect your limits. There are other forms of exercising so choose the one you enjoy the most. Some of them are yoga, swimming, Pilates and you can be part of a gym centre if you prefer.

How often you should exercise

To start with you don’t need to exercise everyday and don’t overdue it because it can be harmful. Start slow like twice a week for 15 or 30 minutes and gradually increase it to 3 or 4 times a week. In this case exercising has nothing to do with building up muscles or burning calories. The goal here is to make your heart pump faster and effectively increasing blood flow to feed and cleanse your brain.

There are some very good natural remedies but if you are clinically depressed you will need to see a doctor and probably use antidepressants. However if it is a mild depression where feeling in a down mood just doesn’t seem to go away try the remedies below which can be found in healthy food shops:

St. John’s Wort: Is a plant with yellow flowers. It has been used for centuries for anxiety and depression.

Ginkgo Biloba: This herb increases the blood flow to the brain. It is also said that it can improve your mood and your ability to think.

Siberian Ginseng: This herb is believed to improve mood swings, combat insomnia and promote a balance on the neurotransmitters.

Today in the UK one third of the adult population is on antidepressants and according to studies the majority of them don’t really need to be on them. What they really need is to make some changes and adjustments in their lives such as better nutrition and regular physical activities to nourish their mind and body to live an optimal life.


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