5 Keys to Treating Depression through Exercise

About 19 million people in the United States suffer from some form of depression ranging from mild to severe. It’s hard to imagine that something as seemingly intangible as the feeling of sadness is governed by science, but it’s true.  Emotions, like everything else found inside our bodies, can be broken down into chemical equations. The upside of this is that you can sometimes take charge of which emotions your brain generates by altering the things you do every day. Yes, there are a number of pharmaceutical treatments for depression, but studies show that our bodies produce a natural defense that can combat this debilitating mental condition.

Woman Holding a Dumbbell

What are these organic wonder drugs, you ask? And how do we get them? The answer is endorphins, and you get them through exercise. These chemicals interact with receptors in our brains that send a euphoric feeling throughout the body to combat pain in all its forms. Many people have dubbed this phenomenon “runner’s high.” Continued…

 

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