Feeling Down? Shake a Leg

Dr. Imraan Ansaarie, Interventional Cardiologist, exercises several times a week with his wife.

You’ve likely heard all of the countless reasons you should exercise. You may be thinking, “Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard them all. It’ll help me stay healthy, reduce my risk of chronic diseases, I pretty much know all the of them.” But did you know the rapid rate at which incidence of depression is occurring? By 2020, depression is predicted to be a major social & economic burden globally. Now that’s a scary thought.

Here’s a brighter thought. You can relieve your stress, depression and become happy with exercise. We came across an inspiring article on Cleveland Clinic on how exercise can lift your mood. We’ll give you the highlights here.

The American Psychiatric Association says exercise can be effective in treating depression, whether alone or in combination of standard treatments. Try aiming for 3 to 5 exercise sessions, each 45-60 minutes in length, a week. Within 4 weeks, you can start to see results with lowered depression.

We all experience stress in our lives and a certain level amount of stress is normal & healthy. However, when stress levels get too high, exercise can help you combat stress. As you exercise, you release stress hormones so you’re less likely to let stress affect your mood.

If you cannot meet the recommendations in terms of exercise sessions or length of time, don’t worry about it. Just get moving. Attend group classes for a chance to socialize with others. Take a walk around the block. Take the stairs.

Do we need any more reason to love exercise? Let’s get moving.

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