“You are only one workout away from a good mood.”
From social media posts to T-shirts to water bottles, the phrase seems to be everywhere. And there’s some truth to it. Exercise causes the body to release endorphins (those feel good hormones). Also, it can help distract you from negative feelings.
But a recent study published in Depression and Anxiety goes on to say that exercise can help ward off depression.
Researchers, including those from Harvard University, examined records from more than 8,000 people participating in the ongoing Partners Biobank study. The data showed that people who exercised “showed reduced prevalence of incident depression.”
Maybe more importantly, though, was that the researchers found out how much exercise people need to reduce symptoms of depression. Three hours of activity a week can help people who are at risk for depression. And the article states that “approximately 45 additional minutes of physical activity each day could translate to meaningful reductions in a person’s risk for depression.”
If exercising for three hours seems intimidating, don’t worry. It doesn’t matter what you do — it just matters that you do something. You can run, walk, dance, swim — anything that makes you feel good.
And with a swim spa by Master Spas, regular exercise is convenient and fun. The alternative to an inground pool is just steps away, taking the stress out of getting to a gym and vying for a machine.
Plus, the natural properties of water — resistance and buoyancy — offer a low-impact option for people who have nagging injuries, chronic pain, or arthritis.
While not a replacement, exercise can complement other depression therapies. Discover how a swim spa by Master Spas can help you feel — and move — better.
Facts About Depression
Depression is not a one-size-fits-all disorder. It comes in different forms and at different levels of severity. Some people with depression have a genetic predisposition to the disorder. Others others might struggle because of trauma.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 264 million people across the world suffer from depression.
- Changes in sleep
- Changes in appetite
- Lack of concentration
- Loss of energy
- Lack of interest
- Low self esteem
- Changes in movement
- Physical aches and pains
How Exercise Helps Depression
When you are feeling down, it might be challenging to find the motivation to work out. Numerous studies, though, support the benefits of exercise of depression.
So how does it help?
Depression can turn off a brain’s neurotransmitters, which locks you into a feeling. Exercise boosts the production of a protein so the neurotransmitters work better.
- Increased steroid reserves become accessible to counteract stress
- It reduces tension.
- Working out increases body temperature, which can have a sedative effect.
- Exercise releases endorphins, which are responsible for the body’s feeling of pleasure.