Just read another article today that help reaffirm that the best way to feel better is not found in a pill, but instead found by moving our bodies! If you haven’t had a chance to read this article from Outside, The Exercise Prescription for Depression, you can check it out to find more detail. I just figured I would share some of the finer points here that stood out to me and may interest you as well!
“Building on previous studies suggesting that exercise could benefit those suffering from depression, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have suggested a precise aerobic and resistance exercise regimen for people with major depressive disorder (MDD). Following this exercise “prescription” could have anti-depressive effects comparable to medication for some patients.“
The article is just one of many studies that has been released recently that shows how critical exercise is to not just helping reverse the trend of obesity, but to also help cure people struggling with issues such as depression. I recently watched a video in which the speaker talked in detail about the chemical reactions that take place within our body due to physical activity and how our body has been trained to respond in certain ways to these reactions. This natural reaction within our body dates back to cavemen, who were constantly on the move, tracking down their next meal and providing for their family daily. That is how our bodies were meant to function!
In today’s society, not many of us spend our day hunting and tracking animals across the plains, so it should be no surprise that our bodies are breaking down quicker and being ailed by depression and other issues. This is why we need to raise awareness and put an emphasis on workout programs that encourage healthy body functions.
Here is the recommendation from the study mentioned above:
“Trivedi and Rethorst recommend sticking to the plan for at least 10 to 12 weeks to see if it has any effect. And the data they consulted suggests that patients could even see results in as little as four weeks.“
Jumping into a 10 to 12 week program may sound overwhelming to think about at first, but it’s really not that bad when you take it just one day at a time. The recommended style of activity within their program is awfully similar to many of the Beachbody programs that I love.
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Your Friend in Success,
Independent Emerald Beachbody Coach