According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people worldwide now live with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.
What is depression?
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a lingering feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. It affects psychological, physical and social behavior.
It has become common practice for victims of depression to be prescribed for antidepressants, but this seems to be counterproductive in the long run.
There must be a better way to combat this, and there is fitness and exercise. Research has shown that fitness and exercise are an effective, but often underutilized, treatment for depression. While it is true that antidepressants help fight depressive states, they still carry a lot of adverse and negative side effects. Some of them are nausea, weight gain and also loss of sexual desire and other sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction and decreased orgasm. Fitness has the potential to help treat depression minus these negative side effects. On the contrary, fitness can increase energy levels, increase sexual libido and general well-being and also lose body fat and increase muscle weight and thus help you achieve a leaner and more attractive body.
Even joining a gym and therefore having the courage to make the first step will go a long way, let's face it, the truth is that if you live with depression, you are already exhausted to a degree of tiring extent to combat your state and this can put you in a solitary and lonely mental state. So joining a gym would be the perfect opportunity to meet and socialize with others who may or may not suffer from the same mental struggle as you, but who share the same goal as yourself and that is to improve yourself both physically and mentally. . Exercise helps you gain self-confidence, one of the main culprits of depression. A person can begin to set personal goals through gym training and also through their diet and, over the course of achieving these goals, self-confidence is stimulated.
A study published in Volume 175, Issue 7 of The American Journal found that fitness and exercise can actually prevent depression from developing in the first place.
Dr. Joseph Firth of the University of Western Sydney stated that "[p]People who were sufficiently physically active were 15% less at risk of developing depression. " In addition, Dr. Firth commented on the type of exercise that should be chosen, noting that there was no right or wrong choice of exercise, as long as the activity is used by the person. In addition, it should be added that during exercises such as running, swimming and cycling, certain chemicals, called endorphins, are released into the brain, which act as antidepressants.
Regarding duration, there is no right or wrong answer again, since a person's different lifestyles play a significant role, but on average 30 minutes, three to five times a week, can dramatically improve depressive symptoms.
Written by Jayden Borg