Need More Reasons to Get Healthy? It Can Help with More Things Than Just Your WaistlinePosted: January 18, 2013
First Posted on News-Press.com, January 16, 2013
Words on wellness: Exercise can help relieve anxiety, even depression.
For most of us the holidays bring happy thoughts, extra time with loved ones, time for shopping and cooking and celebrating the New Year. But for many others, the holidays are a sad reminder of lost loved ones, broken relationships, little money to splurge on gifts and fancy foods. Many of these folks deal with a lot of anxiety and depression for which exercise can help.
As you know, exercise has many benefits and very few negatives attached. Exercise releases chemicals in the brain that make you feel euphoric and over time get you slightly addicted to exercise. That is a good thing! Exercise is great to keep the heart, skeletal muscles and bones healthy; and helps to keep body weight in check by increasing your metabolism.
All of these benefits help in the treatment of depression, which does not always necessitate medications. There are many things that can be done to decrease the symptoms of depression, starting with identifying the cause if possible. When a person is able to identify the cause, it helps them to understand why they are getting the symptoms.
The symptoms of depression can include sleeping too much or too little, eating too much or too little, not socializing with family and friends, not concentrating on work and other important things, and may even bring about thoughts of suicide. If you have any of these symptoms, especially if you have any tendencies to hurt yourself, please seek medical attention immediately.
Once you have identified a potential cause, you can work with your health care provider to develop a plan for treatment, and again this should include an exercise as well as a nutrition plan. It is well known that eating healthy foods improves brain function and in combination with other treatment options can effectively treat depression.
When considering an exercise plan, you may want to think about doing this with other individuals. It is also known that people who exercise with others stay more committed to their program. It is certainly more fun to exercise in a group and when it is fun you do not think of it as a chore. You might even look forward to doing it again.