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Is exercise as effective as antidepressants for depression?

Exercise is one of the most reliable and affordable ways to develop your overall well-being. Also, the positive connection between physical activity and mood is remarkable.

A 2017 report by Yael Netz compared the results of six clinical trials that compared exercise to anti- depressants. Remarkably both interventions were found to be equally effective. This article is not a criticism of antidepressants as they play a crucial role particularly in the early stages of a mental health diagnosis.

So how is exercise so effective?

- Exercise releases your bodies feel good chemicals. While exercising your body releases endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. These are some of the chemicals the antidepressants medicine are targeting so it makes sense producing your own will have a similar effect. These same chemicals are produced when I use the electro-acupuncture machines.

- Exercise regenerates your health and promotes confidence. Obviously exercise is a wonder drug at combating heart disease, stroke so this helps you develop confidence about your health which improves mood.

- Exercise diverts the mind. I personally have found exercise is the most effective thing at reducing the amount of thoughts in your mind. Mindfulness or similar technique can help deal with the thoughts that are remaining.

- Exercise encourages social interaction. Take a group class or join a group bile ride all help reduce social isolation which is a characteristic of depression.

- Exercise is a great substitution for other harmful habits. If you are looking to change the habit of say drinking wine on a weeknight try booking yourself into an early gym session. This gives you a healthier outlet for your stress and tension.

So now we are out of lockdown I hope this motivates you to get out and get moving. If you are worried your body is holding you back from doing the exercise you want don't hesitate to contact us at the clinic on (03)93121274 and we will help get you moving.

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