Exercise and Depression
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Depression is a widespread mental disorder that presents with depressed
mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or
appetite, low energy, and poor cognitive function. While the use of drugs is a common
practice, exercise is an effective therapy in the treatment of mild to moderate
depression. Exercise is also an excellent complementary therapy to the treatments of
antidepressant medications and psychotherapy for severe depression. Also, there is
strong evidence that regular exercise is effective in the treatment of depression related
incidence of co-morbid somatic illnesses (e.g., coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes,
and osteoporosis). Board Certified Exercise Physiologists are in an excellent position to
motivate physically inactive and depressed clients to become physically active and to
optimize the mind-body effects of exercise medicine.
Antidepressant, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Depression, Endorphins,
Exercise prescription, Psychotherapy, Regular exercise, Relaxation, Stressors.
American Society of Exercise Physiologists, USA.