n his article “Exercise can improve anxiety and depression”, published in the magazine K-life of the newspaper “Kathimerini” in the August 2011 issue, Professor Linos refers to the positive effects exercise has on mental health.
More and more studies confirm that exercise can contribute to the improvement of the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Indeed, an experiment conducted on patients with major depression at the University of Duke showed that exercise – without medication – helped to eliminate their symptoms. Exercise appeared to even contribute to the non-recurrence of the symptoms. Similar were the results related to stress as well.
How can this be explained? While exercising, substances, such as endorphins and neurotransmitters, are produced which in combination with high body temperature can result in the improvement of the person’s mental health.
Additionally, as Dr. Linos cited, “exerciseincreases our self-esteem, takes our troubles of our mind and makes our social interaction easier”.
However, the decision to “get off the couch” and exercise is often difficult… For this reason, experts advise to set reasonable and attainable goals, to have the necessary support and not get discouraged by the obstacles we may come across.
As Professor Linos concludes, “exercise can be the best medicine for both our physical and mental well-being”.
You can read the article here (reprinted from k-life)