Make Exercise Part of a Treatment Plan for Mental Illness

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Hi, I'm Dr. Miller, when symptoms of depression have you down, the last thing you may want to do is exercise. But even if you're taking medication for your depression, exercise should be a part of your treatment plan. Here's why? It nourishes your brain that's right. Exercise helps stimulate nerve growth in the brain and boost levels of mood boosting neurotransmitters including endorphins, serotonin and dopamine, ready to give it a try? Shoot for two and a half hours of exercise per week.

That's just 20 minutes a day. You can include cardio moves such as walking or swimming as well as strength training, for even more benefits make group exercise such as aerobics or hiking with friends part of your fitness routine. The social interaction can help boost your mood too.

If you're new to exercise check with your doctor before starting any new program, and don't try the self treat mental illness symptoms on your own or try to get through your recovery with exercise alone. I'm Dr. Miller, for more ways to boost your well being, check out all our smart tips.