Go Back Natural Medicine Talk > Health > Mental Health

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
� #1
Old 04-13-2010, 04:43 PM
kind2creatures's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 4,086
Blog Entries: 33
kind2creatures has a spectacular aura aboutkind2creatures has a spectacular aura about
Lightbulb 25 Minutes of Exercise Daily May Help Depression

Just 25 minutes of vigorous daily exercise can help beat depression, claim doctors.

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent
Published: 1:17PM BST 12 Apr 2010

Researchers found that a workout reduces stress and anger and boosts the sense of physical wellbeing.
They claim physical exercise should be more widely prescribed as a treatment to tackle depressive or anxiety disorders.

"Exercise can fill the gap for people who can't receive traditional therapies because of cost or lack of access, or who don't want to because of the perceived social stigma associated with these treatments," he said.

"Exercise also can supplement traditional treatments, helping patients become more focused and engaged.

"Individuals who exercise report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression, and lower levels of stress and anger.

"Exercise appears to affect, like an antidepressant, particular neurotransmitter systems in the brain, and it helps patients with depression re-establish positive behaviours."

The team from the university's Anxiety Research and Treatment Programme analysed past studies and found traditional treatments of cognitive behavioural therapy and drug treatments do not reach everyone who needs them.

However exercise could help relieve symptoms such as "fears of fear and related bodily sensations such as a racing heart and rapid breathing".

"The more therapists who are trained in exercise therapy, the better off patients will be," Prof Smits said.
Patients were subjected to either 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity activity.

He said: "Rather than emphasise the long-term health benefits of an exercise program � which can be difficult to sustain � we urge providers to focus with their patients on the immediate benefits.

"After just 25 minutes, your mood improves, you are less stressed, you have more energy � and you'll be motivated to exercise again tomorrow. A bad mood is no longer a barrier to exercise � it is the very reason to exercise."

As well as an exercise regime, patients also benefit from a daily schedule and targets which may also help in combating the mental illness.

The findings were presented at the annual conference of the Anxiety Disorder Association of America in Baltimore.

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanual Kant~

Reply With Quote
� #2
Old 04-16-2010, 11:51 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 7
SilviaMercedes is on a distinguished road

I need to start doing this! I have gotten so lazy!
Reply With Quote
� #3
Old 06-07-2010, 02:41 PM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 4
metalman is on a distinguished road

I can get behind and support that! I have to recommend dancing. Dancing is great fun, social, good for your body and for your mind!
Reply With Quote
Reply Bookmark and Share

anxiety, depression, exercise

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Daily Aspirin?? kind2creatures Heart Health 8 01-15-2010 05:11 PM
Has anyone tried Daily Source? Daily Source Vitamins & Supplements 0 11-24-2009 06:28 AM
60 Minutes program on 10/24? EarlyBird Thrift & Financial 2 10-27-2009 06:53 AM
Exercise Helps With Hard-to-Treat Depression Harry Hirsute Mental Health 5 07-21-2007 05:29 PM
Vigorous Exercise Linked to Less Anxiety and Depression Harry Hirsute Mental Health 0 04-12-2007 11:41 AM