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I’ve been a huge proponent of using exercise as your antidepressant instead of running straight to big pharma. Exercise helps us get healthier, naturally increases our “happy chemicals,” and helps us improve in every aspect of our life. Don’t let what I just said be an attack on you if you take antidepressants. The data suggests therefore that exercise can be a natural antidepressant in patients with MDD.
Duration, Frequency, and Intensity of Exercise Research has shown a range of results with respect to how often and how intense exercise should be in order to work as an effective natural antidepressant. Exercise not only increases blood flow to the brain, but it releases endorphins, the body’s very own natural antidepressant. It also releases other neurotransmitters, like. Modern living tends to sever your connection to the natural world, and many are now starting to recognize just how important a connection with the land is for health and happiness.
Health benefits associated with gardening run the gamut from stress relief to improved mental health, better nutrition and of course, exercise. In fact, some suggest. Timing is everything.
Exercise at a time of day that is most convenient. Do not exercise on a full or empty stomach or just before you go to bed. People with depression often suffer from insomnia, and night time exercise can leave you feeling energized when you want to sleep. If possible, exercise during daylight hours to also benefit from sunlight.
However, even just 10 minutes of exercise can boost your mood for a few hours. Studies show continuous, rhythmic exercise like walking, swimming, yoga, or dancing provide the most benefits for depression relief. 9. Based on research, aerobic exercise is the preferred form of exercise for patients with major depression.
There is also some research support. In a word, Yes, exercise can replace antidepressants, but I wouldn’t do it without consulting your doc first. If the side effects are a problem, try a.
Some were given Zoloft (Pfizer’s trade name for the antidepressant setraline), some 30 minutes of exercise three times a week, and some both. After six months, the group who exercised without also taking Zoloft did better than the other two groups. Now that’s a curious finding given Zoloft’s professed purpose.
Regular exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by: Releasing feel-good endorphins, natural cannabis-like brain chemicals (endogenous cannabinoids) and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being Taking your mind off worries so you can get away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression and anxiety.
List of related literature:
|from 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise (8 Keys to Mental Health)|
|from The Handbook of Stress Science: Biology, Psychology, and Health|
|from Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-Being|
|from The Athlete’s Guide to Diabetes|
|from Exercise Is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging|
|from Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting|
|from Principles and Practice of Stress Management, Third Edition|
|from Textbook of Natural Medicine E-Book|
|from Varcarolis’ Foundations of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing E-Book: A Clinical Approach|
|from The Chemistry of Joy: A Three-Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom|