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Exercise vs. Anxiety and Depression

One of the biggest things I have come to realize after a decade of working in the fitness industry is that a lot of people are suffering from anxiety and depression. More than I ever would have guessed.

The Mental Health Organization says approximately 1 in every 5 people suffers from anxiety or depression. They can both can be very debilitating and cause a drastic drop off in the quality of life. Whether it is from some form of trauma or abuse, a chemical imbalance, a result of substance abuse, or even if it is hereditary, it needs to be addressed. Too many people are accepting it as if that is the way life is supposed to be.

I’m not a doctor and I’m not suggesting that the people currently taking medications for these issues stop. However, many studies have shown that exercise can alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety without taking pills. So why not try both if you are taking something for one of these diseases? I’m not going to get all scientific on you and explain why, but I will post this Huffington Post article from last year for you to read so you can better understand the benefits.

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If you haven’t tried exercising to help manage one of these issues you should give it a try. Aim for 30-40 minutes of moderate activity 5 days per week and see if you notice any significant changes. Ok so you’re not the workout type or you’re intimidated by workout facilities? That’s ok; it doesn’t have to be at a gym. Getting out and doing any sort of activity that will make you breath hard and sweat for 40 minutes straight will do.

Even if you don’t feel you suffer from either one you could still benefit from more energy, better sleep, increased sex drive, reduced weight, higher self-esteem and a happier mood day in and day out. So next time you need a natural kick in the butt, get out and get active.

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