If you are feeling depressed or battling anxiety get a gym membership. We know that probably sounds like the last thing that you want to do. Once you get your foot in the door, exercise can make a BIG difference.
Research on depression and anxiety has shown that the physical and psychological effects of exercise can help improve mood and reduce anxiety. How does this work?
- Releases feel-good endorphins that enhances your sense of well-being.
- Takes your mind off worries. It enables you to break the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety.
- Gain Confidence. Meeting your goals (even small ones) creates a sense of pride that will boost your self confidence.
- More Social Interaction. Exercising will allow you to meet and socialize with new people. This is a huge benefit in the group exercise classes.
- Coping in a healthy way. We all know there are many ways to try to battle/avoid depression. Turning to exercise is a much safer and healthy coping strategy than dwelling on those negative feelings or turning to drugs or alcohol.
How much should you exercise?
30 minutes or more of exercise 3-5 days each week may significantly reduce your symptoms of anxiety or depression. If that’s not currently doable, smaller bouts (10-15 minutes) could make a difference as well.
Another factor to consider, it may take less time exercising to improve your mood if you choose more vigorous workouts.
The mental health benefits will only last if you stick with it over the long term. This is why it’s critical to find something that you ENJOY doing.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to send us a message or give us a call. We would love to help!