It isn’t just about getting fit or losing weight!
When we exercise regularly, we know we feel better. That good feeling is not just because we’re feeling virtuous that we’ve actually got up off our behind…
I know I feel better about myself, I feel more energetic (and I feel virtuous:-) when I take the dogs for their daily walk. Having walked the dogs, I also feel better because they have got rid of some of their excess energy (and believe me, they have plenty! I wish I could bottle Ebony’s energy… I’d get soooo much done.)
I also notice with my children – especially the teenagers who can be prone to bouts of moodiness (grrr) – that when they have been outside being active, or are training hard at their chosen sports they are much happier and more even in temperament.
So this article from Gimuno didn’t really come as a surprise:
Regular Exercise Can Beat the Blues, Even When Prescription Drugs Can’t
By Kathryn Hawkins
Depression is a big deal. Up to 20 percent of the population will have a case of clinical depression at some point in their lives — if you haven’t dealt with it yourself, you probably know someone who has.
Most people take prescription medications like Prozac to push away the blues. But when the drugs don’t work, what can you do?
For a start, why not walk the dog, ride a bike, or swim a few laps at the local Y?
According to a recent study, regular exercise can significantly improve the outlook for individuals with depression, even when prescription medication’s proven ineffective.
In the study, numerous women were assigned to a twice-weekly fitness class over an 8-month period. Though all trial members took prescription drugs for their depression, it seems that the body’s natural endorphins are more effective than the work of any pharmacist: The regular exercisers in the group were in far better spirits than the couch potatoes at the study’s conclusion.
Whether or not you’re suffering from depression, it can’t hurt to get outside for a while. We’re not telling you to start training for a 10K or anything — but even if you’re already feeling good, you’ll be surprised how much a daily walk or run could lift your spirits.
Great advice! Gives me even more incentive to lace up my walking shoes and get out and walk – especially when I am in need of a lift.
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