Benefits of Physical Activity on Depression

What is Depression?

  • Severe despondency and dejection typically felt over a period of time and accompanied by feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy.” (Webster Dictionary)
  • “A condition of mental disturbance characterized by depression to a greater degree than seems warranted by the external circumstances, typically with lack of energy and difficulty in maintaining concentration or                                                                                                     interest in life.” (Webster Dictionary)

Symptoms of Depression: 

  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
  • Loss of pleasure in life
  • Feelings of hopelessness 
  • Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
  • Irritability, restlessness
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
  • Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment

Benefits of Physical Activity on Depression:

  • Studies indicate that exercising three times a week for at least 20 to 30 minutes each session is proven to reduce the effects of depression
  • While exercising our body naturally releases endorphins; these chemicals trigger a positive feeling in the body and reduces pain
  • Regular exercise has been proven too ward off anxiety and feelings of depression and boost self-esteem.

Types of Physical Activity That Can Be Done:

  • 20 – 30 minutes of moderate exercise (at least 3 times a week)
  • Brisk Walking
  • Weightlifting
  • Aerobics classes
  • Jogging/running
  • Zumba
  • Yoga