Depressive and other mood disorders affect 6.2% of Australians aged 16-85 years in a given year. Depression often co-occurs with anxiety disorders. Depression is more common in females than males.
Symptoms of depression affect physical, psychological and behavioural well-being.
Some examples are listed below:
Some studies have found that exercise can be a moderately helpful treatment for mild to moderate depression in adults, and may be as helpful in preventing or treating mild to moderate depression as psychological therapy and antidepressants.
The benefits that can be achieved from exercise depend on the amount of exercise that is undertaken. Most studies showing that exercise was helpful used aerobic exercise (such as running or walking), for at least 30 minutes, three to four times a week, for at least eight weeks.
However, people with depression may find it difficult to get started or get motivated, or continue to exercise on a long-term basis.
Doing any sort of physical activity is a great way to help prevent or manage mild depression. There are many views on how exercise helps people with depression.
I have trained a lot of clients with depression and/or anxiety issues and I believe exercise has helped them with the following: