What Are the Benefits of Exercise for Treating Depression?

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Exercise has numerous benefits for the treatment of depression and I often talk to people about this in the very first session, and I say, forget doing it for weight lose, forget about doing it for any other reason other than for your mental health. We find that exercise can improve your sleep, it can improve your self-esteem, your body image, it can give you a sense of mastery, accomplishment, it can lower your anxiety, it can help you sleep better, and it can word off depressive negative thinking.

Exercise improves endorphins, the feel good neural transmitters in our brains of dopamine and serotonin, it improves something called BDNF, brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which can improve our memory and concentration. So I would say if the single best thing that you can do for mental and physical health, and forget about weight loss, but the best thing that you can do and of course weight loss is going to be one of the side effects of exercise and the benefits of it, but if you do it for no other reason, do it for your mental health.

I find that the days that I don't exercise, I'm not as happy as I could possibly be and it really does give me a sense of well being and promotes confidence and energy that lasts throughout the day. So I would highly, highly recommend to all people who are saying that perhaps I'm feeling a little bit down, or maybe I'm even blue or depressed, I think that exercise is extremely beneficial for prevention of depression and also for treating it.