A recent study indicates that exercise may work as well as medication for treating the symptoms of depression. I was particularly intrigued with this study because the patients involved suffered from “major depression.” You can read about it here.
I have never suffered from clinical depression, but I can testify that working out dramatically improves my mood. I’ve noticed that I get grumpy if I haven’t gone to the gym in a while. Conversely, I usually feel great after a tough workout–physically drained but somehow mentally relieved. This has been particularly true during times of stress.
Hopefully this will encourage you to get to a gym, court, or track and get your muscles moving. It will benefit your mind as well as your body!
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