Exercise your ‘blues’ away

Exercise to improve mental health and well-being  comes across as rhetorical. And to throw a pun in: it’s a no-brainer!

A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry has found: exercise can reduce depression globally by as much as 15%! Now, 15% does-not sound like much peeps. However, with data collected worldwide – with a population cohort of 266, 939, 15% starts to sound pretty darn good; or for you statistical nerds out there: a neat reliable confidence interval.

Take me through the interrogatives James!

The authors didn’t elude how much physical activity is required to elicit an anti-depressant effect. If you read my last blog , you would know what the recommended physical activity guidelines are. What is more important, is the neuroprotective effect(s) exercise has. And from interpreting the paper: participants were followed longitudinally over six to eight years, which correlates nicely that: exercise has a protective buffer to allostatic loading (continuous stress). Depression is highly complex; interacting with genes the immune system and the environment. To fathom, that all one needs to do: is-to huff and puff a little bit – from day to day, to statistically decrease depression is brilliant!

Most noteworthy peeps.

Exercise needs to be enjoyable!

A brisk walk on the beach..

Kicking the footy with the lads/lasses..

Or,

Hitting the gym for a workout or group-fitness class..

The list goes on..

When one chooses the exercise that resonates with oneself. The likelihood for adherence is higher. Along with more brain regions becoming active – and neuromodulators releasing sweet as chemicals! affecting your mood, motivation – and thus well-being.

So what are you waiting for peeps? – Lets get moving together!

James 👨🏼‍⚕️

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