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Depressed? What can you do about it?

Exercise and Depression

ActivZone Gym Instructors know that regular exercise isn’t just good for the body, it has benefits for a person’s mental health as well, including helping to treat or prevent depression. You wonder why we are always so happy at ActivZone? It’s because we exercise!

What are the benefits of exercise with depression?

Improved self-esteem is a key benefit of regular exercise. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins and its these endorphins that trigger a positive feeling in the body. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.”

Regular exercise has been proven to help:

  • Reduce stress
  • Ward off anxiety and feelings of depression
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Improve sleep

Exercise also has these added health benefits:

  • It strengthens your heart
  • It increases energy levels
  • It lowers blood pressure
  • It improves muscle tone and strength
  • It strengthens and builds bones
  • It helps reduce body fat
  • It makes you look fit and healthy

Because strong social support is important for those with depression, joining a group exercise class may be beneficial. Here at ActivZone Gym we have over 32 classes a week to choose from which cater to all abilities. ‘Like’ our ActivZone Gym Facebook page for regular class updates or visit www.activzone.co.uk/call 01483 448666 to book yourself and your friends in for a free class trial at ActivZone Gym.

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