New Lenox, IL (PRWEB) June 05, 2014
Charter Fitness of New Lenox is partnering with Joliet Junior College Nursing students to provide the tools necessary to enhance physical and mental well-being of patients with anxiety, bipolar disorder and depression. It is known that exercise has physical benefits, and its effect as a weapon against depression and other mental health conditions is substantial. How, you say?
Exercise promotes the brain to release endorphins, compounds that boost immunity and reduce pain in the body. Studies have shown that serotonin, a vital mood neurotransmitter increases in regular physical activity therefore reducing depression signs and symptoms. Research has also pointed toward norepinephrine as having a positive relationship with mood, also directly affected during regular exercise.
An estimated 1 in 10 Americans have experienced depression at some point in their lives; a condition in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with a person’s everyday activities for an extended period of time. Some of the signs and symptoms of depression are: irritability, loss of pleasure in usual activities, difficulty sleeping, and a prolonged lack of energy. Depression can be treated with medications but results are not guaranteed. Studies have shown that a minimum of 20-30 minutes of exercise per day, 3 days a week can help prevent the occurrence of depression, by itself or in conjunction with prescribed medications. As a reminder, never discontinue medications without consulting your physician.
And for those of us that struggle with anxiety and stress, regular exercise has been shown to reduce these symptoms as well. Exercising regularly raises self-esteem, reduces blood pressure, reduces risks related to cardiovascular disease, and diminishes the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The list goes on and on!
Charter Fitness of New Lenox offers many interactive classes along with the personal freedom to experience for yourself, the many different types of exercise. So, considering the long list of positives, exercise is a ‘two-thumbs-up’ for people who have anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression for enhancing their physical and mental well-being.