Exercise Can Improve Your Mood
Mon, 3/28/2011 4:45 PM
Exercise seems like the last thing you want to do when you are depressed or feeling blue. But once you get motivated, exercise can make a big difference. Exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis. Research shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood.
How does exercise help depression? Exercise probably helps ease depression in a number of ways, which may include:
What kind of exercise is best?
You don't have to do all your exercise at once, either. Add small amounts of physical activity throughout your day. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park a little farther away at work to fit in a short walk.
Take time to take care of yourself and do activities that you enjoy that will get you moving and make you feel better.
Dawn Caldwell is a Physical Therapist in Memphis, Tennessee with Methodist Healthcare. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Call 888.777.5959 for more information.
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