Depression is a terrible thing, and people who suffer severe depression often need medication to help them through the worse times. But for many people, when everyday stresses and strains get too much, there is a simpler antidote to those feelings of helplessness – exercise.

Crazy as it may seem – especially when you are tearing your hair out about the list of things you have to do – taking a little time out to do some exercise is the very best thing you can do.

Popping out for a walk, going for a jog, sprinting through the park or dancing to a tune on the radio can all help alleviate the stress and give you a new perspective on life.

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Exercise has been proven to improve both physical and mental health. It is not such a wild claim that exercise can cure some forms of depression.

Studies have proven that exercising can help to regulate neurotransmitters, which slows the body’s response to stressful situations. These stressful situations may be anything from anxiety-related disorders, depression or even substance abuse.

Aerobic exercise has a mood-uplifting effect which leads to a feeling of happiness and satisfaction. Studies have proved exercising improves blood circulation to the brain and releases endorphins and serotonin, which are antidepressants and mood-up lifters respectively.

Research has also proven that people who take regular exercise as a mode of treatment to combat depression are less likely to get re-depressed. That’s not all, apart from curing depression exercising has numerous benefits such as:

* Exercising has no side-effects.

* Exercising is a pocket friendly way to bust stress.

* You may exercise at your convenience and at a place of your choice.

* You get to choose the type of exercise you want to do.

* Exercise does not involve regular visits to any physician. * You do not have to pop any bitter pills.

* Exercising gives you a liberty to indulge in a little ‘Me-time’.

* Exercise has an array of other health benefits, from controlling diabetes to preventing heart problems, improving bone and muscular health to reduction of body fat, increasing longevity to improving your skin and hair health!

Be it walking, running, jogging, swimming, yoga, dancing, biking; any form of aerobic exercise gives you great benefits in combating stress and depression. Anything between 20 to 30 minutes of regular exercising is proven to benefit your health.

So, don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself. Pull on your running shoes and feel your stress flow away.

Written by: Priyanka Dogra

 

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