Exercise and Depression
What are the Benefits of Exercise?
Regular exercise has been proven to:
Exercise also has these health benefits:
- Strengthens the heart
- Makes the body better able to use oxygen
- Builds energy levels
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves muscle tone and strength
- Strengthens and builds bones
- Helps reduce body fat
- Makes you look fit and healthy
Exercise and Depression: What's the Link?
Research has shown that exercise is an effective, but often
underused, treatment for mild to moderate depression.
What Types of Exercise Treat Depression?
It appears that any form of exercise can help depression.
Do I Need to See My Healthcare Provider Before Starting an
Most people can begin an exercise program without checking
with their healthcare providers. However, people with a medical
condition (such as diabetes or heart disease) and people who
have not exercised much should check with their healthcare
provider before starting any exercise program.