People don't talk about it enough. Mental health. It's as if it's a bad word or words. Anxiety. Depression. They are REAL. And so many people suffer from each of these.
It is also frustrating to those that have dealt with depression or anxiety, because if others have not, they really don't understand as to why you can't just 'snap out of it'. Believe me, if I could have snapped out of my depression and anxiety, I would have!!!
But let me tell you, exercise definitely helped me recover (as well as professionals help!)
Today, exercise is what keeps me feeling upbeat, happy and less anxious.
How does exercise relieve depression? For many years, experts have known that exercise enhances the action of endorphins, chemicals that circulate throughout the body. Endorphins improve natural immunity and reduce the perception of pain. They may also serve to improve mood. Another theory is that exercise stimulates the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which may directly improve mood.
Besides lifting your mood, regular exercise offers other health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, protecting against heart disease and cancer, and boosting self-esteem. How often or intensely you need to exercise to alleviate depression is not clear, but for general health, experts advise getting half an hour to an hour of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, on all or most days of the week.
I encourage everyone to add fitness into their daily life. It will improve your entire life!