5 Exercises To Ease Depression
Feeling down and just don’t know why?
Whether you’ve been medically diagnosed with depression, or you’re just feeling upset…
Exercise, while not a cure, has been proven through scientific studies to fight against depression.
When you exercise, endorphins are released into your brain. These endorphins are the body’s natural pain relievers and create a sense of well-being and joy (as well as decrease pain levels).
Here are 5 great exercises to help you with your depression:
#1. Go for a stroll
This is the simplest and easiest form of exercise to get you started. It’s best to do this early in the morning. Spend the time to observe your surroundings. Start off slow and gradually increase time and distance.
#2. Jog, bike, or go swimming.
Any form of physical activity is encouraged, and moderately-intense physical exercise does have beneficial effects. However, it is best to set small daily goals. Something you can consistently do. Start with a short 15-minute workout, then work your way up to 30-minutes and so on.
#3. Take a yoga class
This type of eastern tradition exercise helps improve your mind-body awareness, flexibility, and vitality. You become more mindful of your body, learn how to breathe better, and promote all-around wellness. On top of this, you’ll be in a social environment that may ease your depression (this varies between individuals).
#4. Strength-training programs
Up for some more intense exercise?
Strength-training could be what you need. This requires your full attention and concentration as you’re lifting heavy weights.
Make sure you consult with a personal trainer before starting on a program, if you’re new to this.
#5. Do anything outdoors
If none of the above sparked your interest, find any reason to go outdoors for some exercise.
Even something as simple as gardening, washing your car, or playing catch with a loved one can be good for you.
The important thing is to keep your body moving. And if you can, do this under the sun. This will boost your serotonin levels and put you in an even better mood.
Once you’ve made up your mind on what exercise you want to do, make sure to start with small reasonable goals.
Don’t force yourself when you’re just not up to it. The last thing you want is to feel guilty about skipping a day.
Remember the goal here is to get you to do a physical activity, no matter how small.