Experts estimate that up to 18 per cent of the population will experience clinical depression at least once in their lives. To make matters worse, according to a report from the World Health Organisation, depression is expected to become one of the top causes of disability worldwide by 2020. [Lancet 1997;349:1498-1504]
It is no question that this condition is a prevalent and relentless disorder that would definitely prevent you and your family from experiencing a healthy and enjoyable life. Fortunately, depression can be addressed, without the need for potentially dangerous medication, through regular exercise.
Exercise And Childhood Depression
There is a considerable number of kids who are already experiencing depression, anxiety, and even posttraumatic stress disorder. In a study involving 15 participants, the results indicate that engaging in aerobic exercises can help in reducing the symptoms and gradually eliminating depression.
[Int J Emerg Ment Health 2007;9:133]
Exercise Helps Mothers During Pregnancy And Postpartum
At times, pregnant women and moms who have just given birth are a bit too irritable. This can be changed and their mood can be improved with the help of exercise. It is an effective way to release any pent up stress and frustration as the study proved that exercise could improve the mood, protecting women who will give birth and those experiencing postpartum problems.
[J Sports Med Phys Fitness 2007;47:13011]
Exercise For Seniors Who Are Depressed
Depression is considered to be a major health problem even for senior adults. In one study conducted in Sweden, researchers analysed 860 elderly respondents and it was found that the inactive seniors had higher depression scores compared to those who did light or strenuous exercises.
[J Aging Phsy Act 2007;15:41-55]
How Exercise Counters Depression
• Promotes release of endorphins and other mood-enhancing neurotransmitters
• Reduces levels of stress hormones
• Eases tension in the muscles
• Gives you a distraction from worries
• Improves your sleep
• Allows you to develop a sense of control in your life
• Boosts self-esteem and self-worth
Exercise Tips From Your Gold Coast Chiropractor
All in all, exercise is a potent weapon in dealing with depression for individuals of all ages. Yet, in order to ensure that you can come up with an exercise routine that is safe for your body and that specifically fits your health needs, better consult us here at Hinterland Chiropractic first. Your trusted chiropractic in Gold Coast can guide you in developing a health regimen to keep your mind and body in excellent condition. Call us today on 07 5527 3133 or simply book your appointment online.