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Old 01-02-2006, 08:20 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Depression and Exercise

Its time for us to get up and move. Exercise is so important (even if I don't like to admit it) and I'll admit I'm the first offender. Lets start today by logging our exercise / movement into the January's Verb thread.

Exercise and Depression

What are the Benefits of Exercise?

Regular exercise has been proven to:
Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression
Boost self-esteem
Improve sleep

Exercise also has these health benefits:
Strengthens the heart
Makes the body better able to use oxygen
Builds energy levels
Lowers blood pressure
Improves muscle tone and strength
Strengthens and builds bones
Helps reduce body fat
Makes you look fit and healthy
Exercise and Depression: What's the Link?

Research has shown that exercise is an effective, but often underused, treatment for mild to moderate depression.

What Types of Exercise Treat Depression?

It appears that any form of exercise can help depression.

Do I Need to See My Healthcare Provider Before Starting an Exercise Program?

Most people can begin an exercise program without checking with their healthcare providers. However, people with a medical condition (such as diabetes or heart disease) and people who have not exercised much should check with their healthcare provider before starting any exercise program.

How Can I Begin Planning My Exercise Routine?

Here are some questions you can think about before choosing a routine:

What physical activities do I enjoy? (this is me !!! I need to enjoy it).
Do I prefer group or individual activities?
What programs best fit my schedule?
Do I have physical conditions that limit my choice of exercise?
What goals do I have in mind? (For example, weight loss, strengthening muscles, or improving flexibility or mood enhancement)

How Often Should I Exercise?

To get the most benefit, you should exercise at least 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week. Current studies suggest that four or five times a week is best. If you are a beginner, exercise for 20 minutes and build up to 30 minutes.

How Do I Get Started?

When starting out, you should plan a routine that is easy to follow and maintain. As the program becomes more routine, you can vary your exercise times and activities.

Choose an activity you enjoy. Exercising should be fun, not a chore.

Schedule regular exercise into your daily routine. Add a variety of exercises so that you don't get bored. Look into scheduled exercise classes at your local community center.

Exercise does not have to put a strain on your wallet. Avoid buying expensive equipment or health club memberships unless you are certain you will use them regularly.

Stick with it. If you exercise regularly, it will soon become part of your lifestyle.

What Should I Do If I Feel Pain During Exercise?

Never ignore pain. If you experience pain, rest. You may cause stress and damage to your joints and muscles if you continue exercising.

If you still feel pain two hours after exercising, you have done too much and need to decrease your activity level. Some mild soreness after exercise is normal. If pain persists or is severe, or you suspect you have injured yourself, contact your doctor right away.{5FE84E90-BC77-4056-A91C-9531713CA348}

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Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,
"I will try again tomorrow."
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