31 Reasons to start Exercise in 2018: Reason 8 - Anti-depressant
An estimated 1 in 5 people are affected by mental health issues. Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and ischemic heart disease according to mentalhealth.org.uk. Depression is more than just feeling a bit low, there are many symptoms of depression, including low mood, feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, lethargy and sleep problems. The more symptoms someone has, the more likely they are to be depressed. The symptoms persist for weeks or months and are bad enough to interfere with your work, social life and family life.
Exercise is a recognised anti-depressant. Exercise not only increases blood flow to the brain, it releases endorphins, the body's very own natural antidepressant. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a chemical that promotes brain health and memory, is also reduced in depression, and exercise has been found to elevate levels of this neurotransmitter. Any type of exercise is useful, as long as it suits you and you do enough of it," says Dr Alan Cohen, a GP with a special interest in mental health. The important thing is that it is regular and sustainable.
Prevention is also better than cure. In the largest ever study of its kind, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, analysis involving more than 30,000 adults revealed those who do not exercise are almost twice as likely – 44 per cent – to suffer with depression, compared to those who were exercising one to two hours a week.
So help keep depression at bay, get active! (If you suffer from depression, do talk to your doctor about the benefits of exercise)
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