Self-Help Exercise


Exercise is one of the best natural remedies for depression. It has a way of complimenting, and even boosting the effects of the other  techniques that help remedy depression.


The benefits of exercise for depression are:

  • Interrupt The Body’s Response to Depression. Exercise fills the body with energy, effectively interrupting the depressed hunchback syndrome, the sleepiness, the low energy levels, and other debilitating depression symptoms.
  • Cleanse The Body. Exercise increases blood flow cleaning out all the stress toxins that help trigger depression.
  • Improve Mindfulness. Exercise makes the body feel stronger and healthier. Since the body connects to the mind, the effect is an increased ability to practice and achieve mindfulness and meditation skills.
  • Enhance Meditation. Exercise strengthens the respiratory system regulating and helping you control your breathing. Your breaths become more controlled, deeper, and stronger. Breathing is a principal element of meditation.
  • Support Nutrition. Fitness regulates the body's metabolism. When you exercise, your body craves healthy food, but you have to ensure you feed yourself lots of healthy, nutrient-rich food, for a new healthy body. In particular, eat lots of fruits and vegetables to feed and help your mind and body.
  • Improve Restful Sleep. Exercise is a great sleep regulator. You’ll feel much more prone to sleep during bed time.

NOTE: Try not to exercise just before bedtime. This may have the opposite effect, and keep you up.

  • Boost Self Esteem. Working out makes us look younger and healthier. This is a fact. This can be seen in all the makeover shows. A big part of making somebody look younger and better looking is with exercise.


Types of exercise for depression:

For best results, do a mix of anaerobic and aerobics exercise.

  • Anaerobic fitness is used to promote strength, speed and power. Examples of Anaerobic exercise are: strength training with weights, and short distance running.
  • Aerobic fitness intends to improve the oxygen system. Aerobic means "with oxygen", and refers to the use of oxygen in the body's metabolic or energy-generating process. Aerobic exercise is normally performed at a moderate level of intensity over a relatively long period of time. Examples are jogging, biking, brisk walking and brisk walking


Exercise for depression program:

NOTE: Consult your doctor before you start any exercise-for-depression program.

  • Combine Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise. Follow a routine of strength exercises, such as weight training, followed with at least 20 minutes of aerobic training, such as brisk walking, jogging, biking, treadmill, etc.
  • Consider Joining a Gym. Joining your local gym can give you an incentive to continue your exercise program.

Ask the gym trainer to set up a strength training and aerobics plan. Remember, we need a strong body, as well as strong lungs and heart. Do both types of training--daily if possible.

  • Consider A Home Gym. If you cannot, or do not want to join a gym; no problem--you can set up a gym at home. You do not need all the gadgets a gym has. You only need a few key items to have a full gym at home.

One of my favourite websites for at home workouts is

  • Complete Your Workout. Make sure you do strength training on your whole body. For example, very often people tend to ignore working out legs. Exercise your whole body.

Many strength training programs usually schedule different body parts on different days. Others do it all in one day. The important thing is you start the routine and you are going for a full body workout.

  • Schedule Your Exercise.Although I recommend you work out daily, you could get away with...
    • Anaerobic strength training as little as three to four times a week.
    • Aerobic training should be at least 20 minutes, five days a week.
    • Obviously there are times when we won’t be able to do this religiously, but that is the goal. So if you falter, just recover, and press on with your routine the next day.

Exercise is a very important step in the depression self-help action guide. Follow this depression self-help natural remedy, and you are likely to be depression free, and healthier than ever before.

Live well, be strong and live happy.


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