For decades, research has shown that lonely or depressed people are more likely to suffer from premature death and heart disease. But new research has shown that exercise may provide the solution.
The study, in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, found that regular exercise could reverse the negative effects of depression on the heart.
Researchers studied 965 people who didn’t have heart disease or depression and then looked for arterial stiffening and inflammation – symptoms of heart problems, and also of depression. They found that these early indicators of heart disease were more pronounced in inactive people, and less common in people who exercised regularly.
The author of the study said the research “demonstrates the positive effect of exercise for all patients, including those with depressive symptoms”.
Anything! The main thing is to find something that you enjoy and that suits your lifestyle. Committing to some regular gym visits will start to shake the blues away and you can experiment with different workouts using a flexible pass.
Then commit to exercising at least 3 times a week which can reduce depression by 16%, according to the University College London.
Some research suggests that strenuous exercise which incorporates some anaerobic exertion is the best way to get those endorphins going. But anything is better than nothing; even a 20 minute walk will clear your mind.
Is exercise the complete answer? It seems not. Heart disease patients should also avoid too much sitting around, even if they exercise regularly. Too many hours of driving, watching TV and working at a computer are linked to the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, even if you also workout.
The best results are gained by people who don’t sit around too much, as well as do regular exercise. So use the NEAT approach to add extra movement to your day and treat yourself to a great value monthly+ gym pass!
the other plus is that good old physical exhaustion promotes sleep, and there's no better help for a tired mind.
it's sad but true that this time of year can be depressing. The combination of dark evenings and the pressure to be happy and joyful is to blame, but yes I would also say that getting outside, moving and healthy eating (as much as possible) is the best antidote
timely article - the madness of December can be very depressing indeed, especially with the idea that everyone is having a brilliant time. Not everyone is and it can really bring your mood down. At least all that beautiful snow looked good!
Getting outside and moving always lifts my mood. We are not designed to be sat inside inactively so it's not surprised our bodies react by shutting down.
COuldn't agree more. I have found massive mood improvement since getting fit. Going to the gym also gets you out the house which in itself helps depression.