Exercise is the best way to beat anxiety and depression – Rossland News


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March 2020 – a time we will never forget.

With COVID, we didn’t understand what we were dealing with. There were more questions than answers. The unknown created anxiety and stress.

Research on the previous SARS (2003) and MERS (2015) crisis found that 50% of patients reported significant symptoms of depression and anxiety. Research in China during the early stages of COVID has shown a considerable prevalence of anxiety and depression.

Humans are social, tribal animals. The impact of social isolation, working at home isolated from colleagues, not being able to go to the recreation center or gym – all of these drastic changes have had a significant impact on mental health.

Exercise is non-invasive, drug-free, affordable, and even free.

Putting fitness at the top of your New Year’s resolution list is a wise move physically, mentally, and emotionally.

There has never been a study on the impact of exercise and its effects on anxiety and depression that has not shown positive results. Studies have also shown that lack of exercise in all age groups correlates with a higher score of symptoms of depression – precisely the opposite effects of subjects engaged in controlled exercise programs.

About six percent of men and 13 percent of women suffer from anxiety.

There is no doubt that drugs prescribed by a doctor with all the associated side effects are often beneficial and necessary. The question also needs to be asked: Why aren’t prescription books filled with prescriptions for exercise?

When physicians write the exercise as a prescription on a prescription pad, patients are more likely to follow the recommendation than verbal advice, especially if the prescription is very detailed and includes a referral to a specialist. ‘exercise to help the patient.

A recent study asked participants to work out in a gym with a personal trainer for an hour, three times a week – one group at a moderate intensity level and the second group at a high intensity level. . The group that pushed harder had the most significant reduction in anxiety levels. This study is so important because all of the participants had suffered from chronic anxiety – for at least 10 years.

I have heard from many people that they exercise less and gain weight during COVID.

Why? At the height of the restrictions, there was no ban on walking, walking or running.

There was no sudden disappearance of treadmills, ellipticals or weights to buy.

When faced with challenges, we need to find a positive response and adapt, maybe try something out of our comfort zone and explore something new. Negativity, crisis, stress, changes in our situation are all filtered through our perceptions and beliefs, and we can choose to view challenges as new opportunities for growth.

Ron Cain is the owner of Sooke Mobile Personal Training.

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