Could a regular Walk Ease Depression

 

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Can Walking help my depression, anxiety, depression

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The effects of exercise on depression

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Numerous studies have shown exercise could ease depression and, in some cases, might be just as effective as antidepressant medications. AEROBIC EXERCISE VS. ANTIDEPRESSANTS. One study. Regular Walking Can Help Ease Depression By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) Moderate-intensity exercise, or even just walking, can improve quality of life for depressed middle.

Doing 30 minutes or more of exercise a day for three to five days a week may significantly improve depression or anxiety symptoms. But smaller amounts of physical activity — as little as 10 to. Half an Hour of Walking a Day Can Ease Symptoms of Depression. Just 30 minutes of walking a day is enough to give people with depression more energy and confidence, new research has found.

Walking depression, also known as “smiling depression,” is a manifestation of depression that is usually masked or hidden. People with walking or smiling depression might be able to walk, talk, smile, and function. Sleep deprivation and restlessness have been linked to anxiety, stress, and depression in serious ways, and a daily walk can make a difference in that department, too.

Daily Activity Planner for Depression Recovery Does depression keep you from feeling in control of your days? You may find that you can get help with your symptoms if you set up a routine. Bathing daily is healthy, it wakes you up, and you always feel better afterward.

Keeping clean is a basic thing that some people suffering from depression find very difficult to do. During COVID-19, getting outside of the house to go for a walk can be a great way to break up the day and relieve some stress. Whether alone or with the whole family, the great thing about walking is that almost anyone can do it and it doesn’t require a gym, expensive equipment or a ton of extra time.

Experts give advice about steps people can take to help ease their depression. “I urge daily contact, at least over the telephone, with a confidant,” Aikens says. Walk Away From Depression.

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In fact, the walking or exercising can get rid of certain types of depression.

“Instinct Based Medicine: How to Survive Your Illness and Your Doctor” by Leonard Coldwell
from Instinct Based Medicine: How to Survive Your Illness and Your Doctor
by Leonard Coldwell
Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC, 2008

Walking is now recommended as a primary treatment for people with depression for this very reason.

“Healing Back Pain Naturally: The Mind-Body Program Proven to Work” by Art Brownstein
from Healing Back Pain Naturally: The Mind-Body Program Proven to Work
by Art Brownstein
Gallery Books, 2001

Plain old walking—not jogging or running or even brisk walking—for even 10 minutes at a time, is a good place to start with depression.

“8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise (8 Keys to Mental Health)” by Christina Hibbert, Babette Rothschild
from 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise (8 Keys to Mental Health)
by Christina Hibbert, Babette Rothschild
W. W. Norton, 2016

It is now reported that for milder cases of depression, a tenminute walk is more effective than antidepressants!

“The Gift of Our Compulsions: A Revolutionary Approach to Self-Acceptance and Healing” by Mary O'Malley
from The Gift of Our Compulsions: A Revolutionary Approach to Self-Acceptance and Healing
by Mary O’Malley
New World Library, 2010

Of course, when you’re depressed, exercising is difficult, because fatigue and lack of energy are so common in depression.

“Coping With Trauma: Hope Through Understanding” by Jon G. Allen
from Coping With Trauma: Hope Through Understanding
by Jon G. Allen
American Psychiatric Publishing, 2008

Running and other regular forms of exercise can also contribute to the relief of depression.

“Selecting Effective Treatments: A Comprehensive, Systematic Guide to Treating Mental Disorders” by Linda Seligman, Lourie W. Reichenberg
from Selecting Effective Treatments: A Comprehensive, Systematic Guide to Treating Mental Disorders
by Linda Seligman, Lourie W. Reichenberg
Wiley, 2007

Is exercise a viable treatment for depression?

“Exercise Is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging” by Judy Foreman
from Exercise Is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging
by Judy Foreman
Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2020

It’s easier to treat depression if there is anxiety (anxiety is easier to dissolve), but Open-Focus exercises can work directly by using feelings of depression, sadness, loneliness, or despair as the pain that we dissolve, instead of anxiety.

“The Open-Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body” by Les Fehmi, Jim Robbins
from The Open-Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body
by Les Fehmi, Jim Robbins
Shambhala, 2008

Regular physical exercise may not only heal an episode of depression, but can also probably help prevent one as well.

“The Instinct to Heal: Curing Stress, Anxiety, and Depression Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy” by David Servan-Schreiber
from The Instinct to Heal: Curing Stress, Anxiety, and Depression Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy
by David Servan-Schreiber
Rodale, 2004

Of course, depression may also be an understandable response to having PD.

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by Jenni A. Ogden
Oxford University Press, USA, 2005

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  • I know i am not ok.. But the problem is am not the earning member in my home, so going to a doctor is not possible for me.. But i know am not ok i can feel smthng bad can happen to me

  • How does a therapist separate a 4 standard-deviation introvert, single digits in trait extroversion, when the patient can’t handle western society’s base-line social expectation?

  • I’ve had depression for about 5 years and just got diagnosed recently. For awhile I felt like I was always alone and everything seemed to be going wrong and stressing me out, at the moment things are going pretty well and going right for me, and I feel like I should be happy, but I just feel empty inside no matter what it seems like.

  • Yup I have dysthymia and anxiety have had it for years I am trying CBD oil to help and I did therapy and medications over the years I use different methods to help me

  • I have all the symptoms and how exactly it was explained. But at the same time I’m extremely introverted ever since I was a kid. So I don’t know if its just my personality or dysthymia.

  • Does anyone else experience pressure in their brain, when experiencing a sad attack? Also talking about my depression sends me into an extremely emotional state.

  • I’m just wondering, I’m not a big fan of medication but a lot of these fit my criteria but is it possible to just be on medication for a short period and would it correct the problem or is this something that needs constant medication? Great video tho very informative

  • keep asking my self why i lost interest.. gaining weight fast.. no interest taking to people just tv but dont understand it..same routine everything living alone.. until i searched about this.. it feel like life is tiring..

  • Hi Kati, this video had been really helpful, I think I am currently having and anxiety and depression, I am 28years, I just really want to know, is it curable, because I have been talking to my Doctor, concerning how I feel, and he’s placed on series of antidepressant drugs like amitriptilyn, sertraline even carbamazipine, which I’m scared that it might affect me in the future, I really want to get well on my own with out drugs, am still too young for this, please I need your help

  • You guys need to check out Polykinetics. It’s the first ever systematic physical fitness method designed exclusively for those who struggle with mental illnesses and/or disorders. It was created back in 2014 by a former championship fighter and martial arts instructor, as well as, a parent who was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and severe anxiety disorder, as well as, ADHD/OCD back in 2005.

  • I found that anxiety used to manifest around my stomach area.I started doing gym exercises which concentrated on this area and it’s helped greatly.Also,since going to the gym 6 days a week and doing cardiovascular exercises depression has lessened a lot..that’s my experience..the more intense exercise the less depression,anxiety and much better sleep..Please see a professional If you have very bad depression though

  • How interesting are your videos! I have wondered on occasion about depression as so many young people have it. I can remember in early teens having bouts with it but back then…we just had to get it together and usually did..I felt normal.
    My 22 year old takes meds for it 2 of her sisters have before..the other idk she is a loner like myself. Is life just more difficult in this era…or is it just more questioning of how are you really feeling. Really interesting videos! Thanks so much!

  • Too bad this is a fact.

    Preaching it is one thing, putting it to practice is another. The cyclist here seems to be living in a “well-off” neighborhood (unless CNN is upselling this form of lifestyle). There are other place in the world, where crime is so bad and income is low. People are trapped in apartments, afraid to go out, probably from getting mugged for their bikes, or too poor to buy one.

    There are more ‘root’ causes to depression that should be addressed. Things like exercise (which is healthy and should be done regardless, but) only attacks symptoms.

  • Does anyone know WHY You tube STOPPED posting the original dates the videos on yt were actually uploaded and posted??? very UNPROFESSIONABLE!!!

  • This fits very well. I don’t want to talk to my parents about it, though. I’ll wait until I get to school and talk to the doctor there

  • If a person were to let it be known they are suffering from depression they are subjecting themselves to being profiled by the medical arena and this will be on your “record” for your whole life! Meaning that will be a strike against a given individual that admits this in the advent they were to “let’s say” apply for a job or a pistol permit or perhaps adopt a child. Fill in the blank but they will be profiled. So if your suffering from it just keep it to yourself.

  • this video gave me shivers. thank you so much. i hope this can be a turning point. if you see this, i want you to know how much it helped me realize.

  • I am one of the numerous individuals who got depressed and it occurred to me years back after separation and divorce. an actual low point when I got this depression remedy “fetching kafon press” (Google it) and my confidence was broken. My self-esteem returned after days of days of reading your book..

  • I exercise regularly and lift weights.
    Still depressed. I get even more upset when I fail to reach intended goal or plateau in lifts.
    Fuck my life.

  • Cheers for the video content! Apologies for the intrusion, I would appreciate your thoughts. Have you heard the talk about Lammywalness Erase Depression Guide (should be on google have a look)? It is an awesome one off guide for beating depression fast without the hard work. Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my buddy at very last got excellent results with it.

  • Everyone says to talk to a therapist. But, i have barely enough money to live. I cant afford having a better mental state. And thats…..thats how it be.

  • In 1987 I laid down on that train rail…I survived that experience and can’t say that I feel blessed…Glad I didn’t burden my loved ones with guilt…A young boy survived and a grown man still struggling in 2020

  • Sir what I’ve noticed is that when I work out my anxiety levels go up followed by nervousness. Is it because of any kind of deficiency or what

  • Something that can also erase depression is telling people to grow balls. People are becoming sensitive these days. I blame sensitivity and entitlement on depression.

  • i onnect and might have one of thease.but im16 have had atlest dipression sine i was sikx
    and never had enoguh mmoney or time to take are of it. so i cant till im atlest 18 witch then ima have to worrie about collage and stuff so i wont have timeor energy or money then

  • it’s pretty bad when you know there’s something wrong with you but you don’t know what so you just tell yourself its because you’re young and stupid and it will go away eventually but then time just passes by days, weeks, months, years and it just never gets better

  • Love this! I was inspired to jump out of my car and pet a super cute doggie this morning amongst total strangers. That’s like VERY big for me. Thank you ❤️

  • I’ve been pretty bad depressed for a few years along with anxiety, irritability, loss in all hobbies, zero patience, no life enjoyment, constant fatigue and I was ready to go see a doctor. Drank whiskey for a few years to try and help a with the horrible anxiety. That didn’t help so I quit. Been smoking weed for about a year to see if that would help. Tried L-Theanine, L-Tyrosene, caffeine, energy drinks. L-Theanine worked pretty well but would dull my brain at work a little. Recently got turned on to 5HTP supplements and it has been life changing. I’m completely happy all day, sleep well at night, 80-90% anxiety is gone. Enjoying my hobbies better than I ever remember doing before. Feel like I’m learning how to live again. I can’t recommend this stuff enough if your depressed. It’s been life changing for me without a doubt. Now that I feel great sober, when I do smoke, it’s incredible.:)

  • I love how these videos actually refer back to the science and research! I have seen way to many videos not actually backing up any of their claims with facts!

  • i see a lot of hurting people in the comments. i know that maybe watching this might give you some hope but know that your life is worth living and exercise might help but it’s also the people around you that matter and will help lift you up:) YOU MATTER <3 ;

  • I find it helps a lot really. The trouble for me is when it turns night i usually get down again which i haven’t found a way to counter yet.

  • I find it hard to belive getting a bit healtier can fix your existencial crisis and hating the town you live in for being depressing

  • I came across to this depression treatment “fetching kafon press” (Google it) and will suggest it to anyone. I now totallygrasp my depression and how to make certain it never shows its unsightly head again, however that is not the limit of how this system has aided me. Part of it was creating some programs for my life and live life to the fullest..

  • Just then was the first time i self harmed in 2 years… my anxiety and depression has been escalating once again… its mainly school… ( ive tried counseling its never worked )

    I used to run but i stop because i have bad knees…

    Edit: what makes it worse is that i feel guilty for feeling guilty of feeling my emotions

  • Ha no. I workout everyday. But I have major depression. Sometimes a workout is the only thing that stops me ending everything. It sounds weird but it’s true. But no exercise cannot cure everyone’s depression, and not everyone will feel more motivated ��

  • Cheers for this, I’ve been looking for “diet plan to beat depression” for a while now, and I think this has helped. You ever tried Hanincoln Nanlivia Framework (search on google )? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my work buddy got cool results with it.

  • They’re right about so many things. Exercise will make you feel better and is good for combatting depression (however depression is not a one-size-fits all and exercise won’t have the same effect for every sufferer. However, telling someone that exercise can replace their medication is soooo dangerous. SSRIs work because they help your neurotransmitters produce and transfer the chemicals they are supposed to. Claiming that you can simply switch exercise and meditation out is harmful to people and we should be encouraging people to do both.

    Note: I’m referring to individuals who are already on medication. Having someone (who is at a state where immediate medication is not necessary or critical to their health) try a lifestyle change before a prescription is different than someone who already has been taking medication, especially if they rely on it and don’t contact their psychiatrist before attempting the switch.

  • Fighting depression comes in many forms and or remedies. Exercise for me and talking about the issues that stress me are ways to cope. But fighting depression I feel is the key to winning the battle. Time may be a factor but time needs to be supported with the fight. Keep fighting!

  • This is false. Exercise caused and added undue stress and it became a detriment. Since quitting exercise, my stress actually contrary to science claims, has gone down and I’m happier. Of course science hasn’t properly investigated and come up with bogus labelization and theories as to why some people don’t benefit from varied exercise.

  • It hurts so much to be alive, why, why, why. Im here still after asking not to be. All this pain just keeps haunting me. The life i live is not myown. I make others rich but have no throne. Ive got nothing to speak of. Life just keeps piling up more strife. Im at the point right now. Nevermind. I feel only sadness, covering me in a cloak of madness. What they see of me now, is only what i choose to show. I hide inside, i sometimes wonder if the real me died. Its been so long, come back, please. I beg myself to show im still here. Only to hear the calased one reply. The part i tryed to hide behind, has taken over, only to prove that the true me died. I cant run nor hide. Im just somewhere in here, somewhere inside. I want to come out. But know i cant. Not until this torture ends. So i hide inside, hiding behind this veneer ive formed on the outside. Maube im still somwhere in here. Waiting for my chance. Until then i just cant. So i stride along with this shell. Pretending that everything is well.

  • I\’m not sure but,if anyone else is searching for curing depression naturally try Nevolly Depression Remover Nerd (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now )? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my cousin got great results with it.

  • I exercised to help with depression. After a while and the fitter I got, the more I had to exercise to get the same effect until I ended up exercising 7 days a week for 6 hours a day. I ended up over exercising and damaged my body so had to stop that made me depressed again. Back to square one…

  • Does this also explain my lack of ambition to do any house projects? It feels like I have to push my self, like I’m push against a brick wall, to do anything beyond my normal occupation.

  • Yeah yeah. Whole lot of talk from people who don’t suffer with depression. There’s plenty of people who still excercise and have severe depression. No one has depression just because they don’t excercise, but many find it hard to excercise because they have depression. It’s hard to conduct studies of this sort as many tend to confuse a feeling of being depressed with actually having depression. And, these studies always try to paint a picture of this being the most significant link. Depression is different for everyone it isn’t a one size fits all. Excerise may well be a good ‘distraction’ for some… But, individually we find solice in different distrations. Excercise doesn’t combat depression for everyone. Who is anyone to tell other people what will help them. So, don’t make people feel anymore alienated than they have to, I’m sure many have tried excerise and it doesn’t work for them. People who suffer with depression don’t need to be told they’re failing at anything else.

  • I we t for a long walk,got a weird cold which made me severely depressed,every time I exercise,I get big fevers and dizzyness boerdering on suicide,I am at a loss because I enjoy exercise but now it makes me worse.
    Human race,we really are a disgrace.

  • Exercise is the BEST way to combat depression and lack of motivation/drive. No medication compares. Try exercising… you’ll feel the benefits immediately.
    I was having such a hard time just to get out of bed. A good jog cured that instantly.

  • So apparently regular exercise is really good for a lot of things. But I don’t enjoy it. Even when I was exercising regularly I never enjoyed it.

  • This is very true in my experience. I was least depressed when I exercised regularly with friends!:D For some people it is harder to use exercise than others, but we can all do something. Even if it’s simple body weight exercise next to your bed each day. Give it a try and it will help!:)

  • This might sound weird, I’m not a psychopath I swear, but lately for some reason I’ve been thinking a lot about death, and how we all end up dead anyways so nothing we really do in life matters. Idk the Covid situation made it worse as well as me turning 18, and realizing how fast time passes. I don’t wanna diagnose myself with anything tho cause Ik other people have this or have it worse so who am I to complain.

  • That feeling alone part! I once joined a support group thinking it would help but it was such a downer I had to leave. I already felt bad enough. Now I find ways to be content on my own.

  • I have very bad depression and panic and anxiety. I get anxiety seizures and muscle spasms which is very debilitating. I hope at some point there is a solid treatment for this.

  • I feel like running way from home cuz at times l hate my life l’m always depressed, but it’s what l always say, l keeping telling myself l’m gonna runaway and live else where, been saying it for 25 years and l never do. I’m 43 yo and I haven’t worked in years, l’ve been staying at home as a full-time Carer,  looking after 2 people, my 72yo Schziophrenic mother, whom has Arthritis in her arms and legs and can’t walk at times, and my 53yo brother whom is also ill and has back pain, because he hurt his back at work years ago.  l’m on the Carer Pension and Carer Allowance from Centrelink ( Social security), so l can’t go outside much, l just exercise in my front yard and write in my diary why l’m happy and what l’m grateful for and write down my goals, like l really want to have a place of my own someday, so l’m saving up to buy an apartment or house someday. And l write down my other goals too.
    Right now, I’m so angry for being woken up early at 4.30am, and scared because my brother yelled at me angerly for getting angry at them for waking me up at 4.30am and 6.30pm the morning before.

    Anyway, l went to see a psychologist and psychiatrist years ago about my depression, they told be to just leave home, l want too but l can’t get myself to do it. I’m too scared too. On the other hand my doctor whom has known me all my life since l was a baby, told me not to leave home, because my depression will get worse and think it’s best l just stay living at home a continue to look after my after my mother and brother. My sister said the same as the psychologist and psychiatrist that l should leave home and have a life of my own, but my brother says since l’m depressed l won’t stay long in any job just like l’ve done many times before. And he says because l have a low immune l get sick too easily and employers won’t don’t like that. So he feel if l get a place of my own, and can’t work, l’ll will just end up back home again.

  • Just wonderful, I’ve been looking for “how to beat major depressive disorder” for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of Hanincoln Nanlivia Framework (do a google search )? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my mate got great results with it.

  • I went to therapy and they told me I have “autism”

    Maybe that was because I never told them really the truth and almost lied about everything to get out of therapy

  • This was great, been searching for “ways to fight anxiety and depression” for a while now, and I think this has helped. You ever tried Hanincoln Nanlivia Framework (search on google )? Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my friend got excellent success with it.

  • I recently bought a VR headset and have been playing beat saber. The game makes exercising so much fun. I could dance for an hour easily and sweat a lot. I was living a sedentary lifestyle before this.
    If you plan to play this game, remember to move your legs and hips like you are actually dancing. And don’t flick your wrists.

  • I have complex-ptsd… It takes years to recover from trauma related issues. I am not “depressed” anymore, but the first two years of recovery and working full time were brutal. A lot of this kind of stuff for me was just “I need to rest but I also have bills and a life to maintain” so I was high functioning out of necessity ��

  • Anxiety it’s excess of energy not releasing, your body must be really tired of the workout you do in the gym, don’t eat lot of sugar, get rid of wheat, and trust me your anxiety it’s going at least 80% at least, also try to see only positive stuff in internet, yes it is a lot just look for it, thank me later ok you’re welcome kiddos.

  • When I was 16/17 I was at the lowest point of my life. I ticked every box but left it in diagnosed, two years of feeling shitty and no one noticed. Im 21 now and finally taking the steps to get professional help and diagnoses

  • I think I need to speak with someone about this very thing. WHO do I see? What type of doctor is the best to see in a situation like this?

  • Promoting pseudomedicine and public disinformation. Going for walks does not help better mood if anything, it stresses me out more and is vapid. I’m less stressed indoors and I can be active indoors. Outdoor people need to quit with the stereotyping all indoor people as sad or angry or fat. Because, I’ve seen nasty, sad, and fat outdoor people too. That is reality.

  • If anybody feels that their depression is of a spiritual nature, consider going to Jesus for your inner peace. In starting a personal relationship with Jesus, you receive His Spirit who will dwell in you and thus begins your journey towards inner peace….this is what i did anyway.
    If anybody is interested in taking this path and need teaching on the matter. the bible teaching site, teachingfaith com is a good source. All their content is free. Start with a teaching titled, “change of mind” in ebook & streaming video format.

  • I want to take therapy but I live in place where people are not aware about mental health and so we don’t have any therapist here

  • So this is me. I’ve been trying to get a doctor appointment to get medication but she won’t call me back, alternative is going to emergency room where people have covid. I can’t expose myself… I feel trapped and even worse my boyfriend is furious at my “mood”. The only time I’ve been happy was unemployed and taking care of my home… I know there are other things I can do but I feel so drained, sleeping 12 hours a night, eating whatever whenever, going to work, the gym… then again.

  • Hemos de retomar las riendas de nuestra salud y bienestar. Andar es una actividad ancestral con multitud de beneficios…esta a nuestro alcance y podemos utilizarla como starter de un cambio personal progresivo saludable y por encima de todo real, alcanzable.