Drug-Free Way I Use to Boost My Mood.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 03, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that regular exercise plays a major role in long-term mental health.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/mental-health-articles/the-drug-free-way-i-use-to-boost-my-mood) notes, there’s been a rise in the rates of depression and anxiety. The number of older adults who are reporting these issues—and are subsequently receiving medical care for them—is increasing. Standard medical treatments commonly include medications, which can have several side effects, including dizziness, falls, and even greater mental health issues. Can exercise help with the control of depression and anxiety? This is the question that one recent study set out to answer.
As the article “The Drug-Free Way I Use to Boost My Mood” reports, the link between exercise and depression suggests that exercise can help people who are otherwise healthy, have some type of clinical disease, or are suffering from depression and anxiety. This occurs for both men and women and is most often noticed in individuals who currently suffer from some type of mood disorder. In a different study on the short-term impact of exercise on a person’s mental health, changes in mood scores were noticed after one 20–30 minute bout of exercise—which consisted of swimming, walking, or jogging—and after a 10-week exercise program.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states the study on the long-term effects of exercise regarding mental health was conducted on a group of adults following a 12-week cycling program. The research showed improvements in mood, anxiety scores, depression symptoms, and self-worth scales compared to a group who did not participate in the exercise program.
The article explains that there was also a significant difference in the scores of the subjects in the exercise group taken just before the 12-week test period compared with their scores after the 12 weeks of exercise. Again, the exercise group experienced a substantial positive difference in how they felt after participating in the 12-week exercise trial. After a 12-month follow-up, those subjects in the exercise group had scores that were significantly improved in comparison to their baseline scores, despite participating in the same amount of activity or less. This study shows that regular exercise can improve a person’s mood and keep them feeling happier for a prolonged period of time.
(SOURCE: Izawa, K.P., et al., “Association between mental health and physical activity in patients with chronic heart failure,” Disabil Rehabil. April 25, 2013; Guszkowska, M., “Effects of exercise on anxiety, depression and mood,” Psychiatr Pol. July–August 2004; 38(4): 611-20; DiLorenzo, T.M., et al., “Long-term effects of aerobic exercise on psychological outcomes,” Prev Med. January 1999; 28(1): 75–85.)
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