ASEP’s Exercise Medicine Text for Exercise Physiologists

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Watching TV, surfing the Internet, and sitting for long hours have replaced more active pursuits. Millions of Americans are simply not moving enough to meet the minimum threshold for good health and ...
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Exercise and Depression

Pp. 260-278 (19)

Tommy Boone

Abstract

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.

Keywords:

Antidepressant, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Depression, Endorphins, Exercise prescription, Psychotherapy, Regular exercise, Relaxation, Stressors.

Affiliation:

American Society of Exercise Physiologists, USA.