Those dark, overcast days of winter in Totowa, NJ, can trigger depression and leave you feeling in a funk. These exercises can help fight that depression and even reverse it. While severe depression requires professional help, exercise can overcome the blahs that often hit us when the sky is overcast and the weather is foul. Exercise is now a viable adjunct therapy that many psychiatrists and psychologists use to help speed the recovery process.
Any exercise that gets your blood circulating helps burn off stress hormones, while improving circulation. Improved circulation sends oxygen and nutrient laden blood to all parts of the body, including the brain. Sometimes, that may all you need to shake off the blahs and get you back on track. If you’re doing a tough workout, your hormones take an additional step to make you feel better. You’ve probably heard of runner’s high. It comes from hormones that are released during a hard workout to help your body get through the running or fighting phase. They make you feel good and are natural pain relievers.
If you’re living a sedentary lifestyle, starting out with a tough HIIT—high intensity interval training—workout can leave you feeling sore and in a worse mood. Even if you’re fit, foul moods and depression don’t always come at a time when you can go to the gym and sweat your way to a better mood. What can you do instead? Just get moving. Take a walk, go up and down the stairs or do some chair exercises until you feel better. You’ll help burn off the hormones of stress no matter what you do.
While cardio workouts do help, don’t overlook strength training for an emotional lift. Strength training, like many types of exercise, provides both short term benefits and long term ones. Studies show it not only boosts your feeling of well-being, but it also improves your posture and self-image by making you feel stronger and more capable of handling daily problems. Don’t worry about building big muscles if you’re a woman. Because of hormones, you’ll just tone your body for a lean svelte look. If you’re older or have joint problems, consider a low impact workout like swimming, bicycling, kettlebells or yoga.
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