Exercise and Mood
Research shows a solid link between exercise and a positive state of mind.
It's not necessary to exhaust yourself to gain emotional benefits. Experts believe that exercise produces chemicals in the body that ease depression.
People who exercise often say they:
- Have increased energy
- Think more clearly and are better able to handle stress
- Are less bothered by medication side effects; in some cases, their dosage may even be reduced, since their bodies can more effectively absorb medication
- Are perceived as looking less depressed; their body language -- ability to maintain eye contact, posture, etc. -- improves
- Pay more attention to appearance; grooming and personal surroundings.
Don't view exercise as a "quick fix"; choose something that you enjoy, and you'll have a better chance of sticking with your program.
Start out slow and easy, and develop your stamina and skill over time. (Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.)