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How Exercise Can Help Anxiety And Depression

07th April 2017

Anxiety and depression are becoming increasingly prevalent, which could be caused by many different things, but most sufferers aren’t sure how to deal with it on a daily basis. Exercise is one of the biggest ways to relieve stress and develop a healthier lifestyle. It can be an escape for some people and more people should be aware of the benefits exercising and a healthy diet can have on the mind and body.

Having something else to focus on is a great distraction and can help divert negative thoughts or worries. Taking part in a class and socialising with more people is a great way to boost self confidence as well as live a healthier lifestyle.

If you don’t necessarily want to jump straight into training in a gym, a walk or run can help clear the mind. Speak to a PT or your GP if you’re unsure about where to start or what exercise you should be doing and they can give advice to get you started.

According to the World Health Organization website, “the number of people living with depression has increased by over 18% between 2005 and 2015.” This is a significant number of people and often many try to ignore it rather than resolve it. Through exercise, we could help and encourage each other to live a happier lifestyle and to maintain a good diet.

The positive effects of beginning to exercise are plentiful: you will start to feel more energetic, more confident, less stressed and it can help distract you away from negative thoughts by increasing your endorphins. These endorphins help trigger positive feelings in the body from the brain, and exercise releases these in abundance, which has a positive effect on your mood.

If you suffer from anxiety or depression, you're not alone. If you're worried about being in a busy gym or worried about joining a new class, take a friend along with you or ask a Personal Trainer for advice and see how much exercise can benefit your daily routine.