The importance of physical exercise in combating depression

10 September 2020

The importance of physical exercise in combating depression

The importance of physical exercise in combating depression

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the total number of people with depression worldwide was estimated in 2015 at more than 300 million, registering an almost equal number with some type of anxiety disorder.

These are really frightening data, which in our day, make us reflect even more.

Assumed as one of the main causes of incapacitation for productive activity worldwide, the WHO reports that “depressive disorders” are characterized by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-esteem, sleep disturbances or appetite, feeling tired and low level of concentration. It can be long-lasting or recurring, substantially impairing not only a person's ability to function at work or school, but also to cope with their daily lives.

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In this sense, physical exercise should be seen as a strong ally, not only in combating this disease, but also in preventing it. Physical exercise leads to the release of substances in our brain that provide us with a pleasant feeling of tranquility and well-being. These substances are produced during and after the physical activity performed, reducing not only daily stress and anxiety, but also increasing the concentration and activation of our immune system.

Taking into account the current pandemic and the day-to-day that we face, more than ever the practice of physical exercise becomes preponderant for our body and mind to imperatively resist this virus.

As a rule, a person in a depressive state should not only be accompanied by a psychiatrist, but also by a qualified physical exercise professional, in order to regularly monitor, encourage and motivate the person. Fortunately, more and more specialists are encouraging their patients to practice regular exercise. In this way, in addition to the effects mentioned above, the improvement of your self-esteem will also increase, raising you to a higher state of well-being and pleasure.

In our Personal Trainer work, over the course of just a few weeks, it will be expected that the effects will start to manifest gradually: the motivation to increase, sleep disorders and mood changes to slow down and self-esteem to improve. After the client experiences his own satisfaction of an accomplished goal, the effects really start to appear.

We can say that there is no secret, there is a commitment and monitoring of a whole process that tends to transform training into a more pleasurable act, learning to make the most of all its benefits.

There are also other options to start a regular activity, where its difficulty level can be adapted at an early stage, as is the case of activities in small groups, Yoga and Pilates, which promote work in terms of breathing, concentration and simultaneously, relaxation.

By Ricardo Jesus, Personal Trainer at Academia Bodylab

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