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Mood-Boosting Exercises to Overcome Depression in 2024 

Did you know that depression is incredibly common? It’s a question that experts are asking: can exercise help treat depression? It’s surprising to learn just how many people are affected by this condition. According to the NSMHWB, around 8.5 million Australians between the ages of 16 and 85 have gone through a mental illness at some point in their lives, which accounts for approximately 43% of the population. Additionally, about 4.3 million individuals have dealt with a mental illness within the last year, making up around 22% of the population. 

What exactly Depression means?  

Depression is a serious condition that affects both physical and mental health, going beyond just feeling sad or low. It can last for weeks, months, or even years, and some people experience it more intensely than others. The exact cause of depression is not fully understood, but it can be linked to a variety of factors. It’s not usually caused by a single thing, but rather a combination of biological factors (like family history, medical conditions, or substance abuse), early life experiences, personality traits, recent stressful events, and other personal factors. 

Can exercise help treat depression? 

Exercise and its impact on depression have been extensively studied. Some research suggests that exercise can be a moderately effective treatment for mild to moderate depression in adults. It is important to view exercise as a valuable lifestyle change that can complement other depression treatments. The benefits of exercise vary depending on the amount of physical activity one engages in. Most studies that have shown positive effects of mood boosting exercises on depression focused on aerobic exercises like running or walking. The recommended guideline is to engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week. It is important for individuals with significant heart or respiratory conditions to consult with a medical professional before starting an exercise program. 

Types of exercises to fight depression 
Fighting depression with exercise doesn’t mean crowded weight rooms. You can simply choose the ones who you feel the easiest plus enjoyable. The following are some ideas to get started.

1. Mindfulness-based exercises 
Such exercises promote present-moment focus, self-awareness, and a non-judgmental attitude. Examples include Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Wim Hof Breathing etc.  
2. Aerobic exercises 
Such exercises increase your heart rate as well as breathing rate over a sustained period. Examples include brisk walking, running, swimming, Zumba, cycling, rowing, stair climbing etc. helps you improve your cardiovascular endurance & overall fitness. 
3. Resistance training 
Resistance training, which is also referred to as strength training, consists of exercises that put your muscles to the test by making them work against a force. This force can come in various forms, such as your own body weight, resistance bands, or weights. Examples include functional training, free weights, resistance bands, weight machines etc. 

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Tips for getting started 
Depression can make it hard to find motivation to exercise. Here are some tips to help you kickstart your fitness journey.
1. Start small  
Gradually increase your activity levels to boost your confidence and motivation. Begin with simple tasks like going for a walk, doing some light gardening, or tidying up around the house. 
2. Do what you enjoy
Engage in activities that used to bring you joy, even if you don’t feel like it at first. Spending time with loved ones can also help lift your spirits. 
3. Stay connected
Socialising with friends and family is crucial for your mental health. Try to maintain these relationships, even when challenging. 
4. Create a routine
Having a plan in place can make it easier to stay active. Incorporate some form of exercise into your daily schedule and try to stick to it as best as you can. 
Exercise offers various advantages, such as the release of mood-boosting chemicals in the brain, stress reduction, and enhanced self-esteem. It has the potential to significantly reduce depressive symptoms. 

Get Started With Us! 

If you’re ready to begin an exercise program but unsure about how to get started, we are here to assist you! We at Angelo Anestis Aquatic Centre can provide guidance and encouragement for a healthier and happier life. 

Check out our fitness programs today! 

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