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DEPRESSION AFFECTS YOUR HEART. THE GOOD NEWS IS, EXERCISE CAN REVERSE THIS

DEPRESSION AFFECTS YOUR HEART. THE GOOD NEWS IS, EXERCISE CAN REVERSE THIS

WE KNOW THAT ANGER IS BAD FOR THE HEART, BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT DEPRESSION CAN BE JUST AS TOXIC AND DAMAGING?

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.

WHAT WAS THE STUDY ABOUT?

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”.

OK, I’M DEPRESSED. WHAT EXERCISE SHOULD I DO?

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.

SO IF I EXERCISE I WON’T GET HEART DISEASE?

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 author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.

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