Exercise and depression…

We all know there are countless physical benefits to be had from exercising regularly. However the mental benefits are sometimes overlooked, or indeed just unknown to some people.

Several medical studies have proven regular exercise, especially resistance training, can help to prevent or even cure cases of depression. When we exercise our bodies release endorphins, the body’s natural “happy hormone”.

Depression is a common and disabling illness, affecting over 100 million people worldwide and can significantly impact on person’s physical health. Research has shown that both pharmacological and psychological therapies can be effective in treating depression. However, more and more doctors and medical practitioners are now beginning to recommend some form of exercise as a part of treating depression as well as other mental illnesses.

Over the years I have seen amazing changes in people that have introduced consistent regular training into their lives! Endless physical health benefits but also improved self confidence and all round mental health and elevated mood.

The release of endorphins from a workout is often likened to a euphoric high, and can give a tremendous energy boost to the body whilst also elevating the mood. Endorphins are produced naturally in the brain, spinal cord and other areas of the body and can also act as a form of pain relief.

Many people have their own demons to battle and different reasons to doubt themselves. Different negative influences or voices in their own heads or from outside sources in their lives.

If you anyone you know, is going through tough times please share this post and let people know they do not need to suffer in silence. Be the voice of reason, the voice of encouragement! Be the person that helps!

Thanks, Coach

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