What Happens To Depression If You Exercise Everyday?
Do you know how much exercise reduces stress hormones? More research is coming out that the best way to combat anxiety is with physical exercise.
In previous articles, I've addressed how being mindful or prayerful as well as simply being outside can significantly reduce the effects of anxiety and possible depression. Now it's time to look at the third non-meditative way to address it; that being good old-fashioned exercise and physical activity.
I should start the discussion of exercise explaining how exercise increases our brain capacity. It is important for us to constantly be focused on how to increase production of our neurons and neuronal connectivity in our brain. Neurons are what charges our brain; it energizes the thinking capacity. One of the best methods to increase that is through BDNF (or Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor), and physical exercise does exactly that. But there is a specific way where this production is amplified even more when exercising though. It's done best with short bursts of physical activity.
So how do you exert energy getting the maximum amount of BDNF through it. I've found it best when “training like a dog”. If you think what an excited dog does outside, you'll probably think of it doing quick movements in any direction. There is no rhyme or reason, just simply the idea of doing what their head thinks of them to do, and then the body follows through on it. If you attempt to mimic those activities when you exercise, your brain activity will improve significantly. If that doesn't do it for you, research has shown that running and lifting weights can alleviate anxiety and depressive symptoms. With the increased focus on physical activity as a benefit for our overall health, it's actually not uncommon to find many holistic doctors prescribe exercise rather than drugs in cases where people have mild cases of depression.
So what's the relationship between physical activity and depression? If you choose to be active and have anxiety issues with bouts of depression, you'll experience what happens to your depression if you exercise everyday.
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