Exercise May Relieve Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression – Sooke News Mirror


The pandemic is having a profound impact on society. Economic stress is apparent, but we also know that more and more people are reporting signs of anxiety and depression.

To deal with this situation, you need a plan that includes exercise.

Our minds and bodies are more interconnected than we realize. They call the intestinal tract our second brain. The food we ingest and the process of breaking down and absorbing nutrients can have a profound impact on our mood and even on mental health issues as serious as bipolar disorder.

Depression is ubiquitous in people – more than we want to admit. The most commonly prescribed drugs can have serious side effects, especially in the growing brain of adolescents.

Although scientific studies have shown that exercise has a significant impact on depression, anxiety, memory, and ADHD, I doubt family physicians note walking or running every day as often as they prescribe. medication.

Granted, there are many instances where medication is essential, but exercise should always be included in the plan.

Diet, exercise, meditation, and mindfulness are all accepted as supplements to traditional medicine and have much more impact because they can be prescribed as the preferred long-term treatment method. A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health showed that cardio exercise for 15 minutes a day reduced the risk of depression by 25%.

Cardio exercise releases endorphins or pleasure hormones in the brain, providing a feeling of well-being and a natural way to relieve our mind of stress and tension.

Sometimes after a long day at work it’s tempting to go on the couch and watch TV, skip that trip to the gym, or lace up our running shoes to hit the Galloping Goose for a hike. of 5 km. However, if you don’t give in to this temptation, you will feel better at the end of your workout. The fresh air, the invigorating pushing our bodies, and the naturally induced feeling of well-being stimulate our mood.

Teens are very stressed by the changes in schools and the lack of sports. Now is a great time to introduce teens to non-team activities such as running, distance cycling, strength training or yoga. Find solutions, not drugs.

Exercise can not only help the mysterious brain moods of teenagers. It helps ADHD by releasing dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin levels, improving memory, focus and attention to detail.

One of the biggest risks to adolescent mental health is excessive screen time on electronic devices. Establishing a regular sleep schedule – at least eight, preferably nine hours a day for teens is also a key part of their mental health.

Better memory, better sleep, weight loss and stress management – all key benefits from even a simple walk in the great outdoors.

Creating a partnership or exercise buddy system also greatly increases the odds of your success. It could be your spouse, a father-son or daughter jogging duo – it works. Try!


Ron Cain is a personal trainer with Sooke Mobile Personal Training. Email him at sookepersonaltraining@gmail.com.

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