When it comes to making lifestyle changes to positively impact your treatment, one of the simplest and most effective steps you can take on your own behalf is to increase your level of physical activity. You don’t need to transform yourself into a world-class athlete, or commit to endless hours in the gym.  Simple actions can yield remarkable results.

Can exercise really help?

Research on the subject is very positive, showing that exercise is beneficial for people with depression and/or anxiety. Physical activity has been shown to help counteract depression in several important ways:

Getting motivated

There are many great reasons to start today to develop an exercise plan that’s right for you.  But for many people experiencing the symptoms of depression, it can be tough to find the motivation to get up and go.  This is understandable.  After all, depression can bring with it a lack of enthusiasm and energy, and the disease can also have a variety of physical symptoms such as fatigue and pain – all of which can keep a person from undertaking an exercise routine.

If you find you need an additional “push” to get serious about exercise, here are some things to keep in mind:

Getting started

How do you begin an exercise plan?  What kind of exercise is best, and how much exercise is enough to make a difference in helping to manage depression?  The answers to these questions are different for each individual.  Here are some guidelines to help you get started.

Sticking With it

See a video on simple tips for making exercise a part of your life.