DEPRESSION AND EXERCISE are RELATED, Have you been exercising in an urge to flatten your protruding belly? Well, exercising doesn’t just do that but even lays a helping hand in fighting mild to moderate depression. Recent reports have shown that a daily 35 minute of exercising can assist combatting mild cases of depression effectively enough.


Studies show that exercise can treat moderate depressions as functionally well as any anti-depressant medication- but without the side effects of course as it is natural. As one example, a recent study done by Harvard T.H. Chan School endowed that running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression by nearly 26%. Additionally relieving depression symptoms, research also shows that maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent you from relapsing.

Exercise is indeed a robust depression fighter for several reasons. Most importantly, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation and new activity patterns that foster feelings of calm and wellness by releasing endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good from within. Last but not the least, exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feeds depression.

A report by the World Health Organization unveiled that 7.5 per cent of the Indian population suffers from some form of mental disorder. Mental illnesses account for one-sixth of all health-related disorders and India alone accounted for about 15% of the global mental, neurological and substance abuse disorder burden. The treatment gap which is defined as the prevalence of mental illnesses and the proportion of patients that get treatment is over 70 per cent.


WHO has also anticipated that by 2020, roughly 20% of India will suffer from mental illnesses. And to deal with this demographic, we have less than 4000 professionals in the field.
Thus, making exercise a must-do thing for every individual. Exercising regularly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the symptoms of ADHD( Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and improve concentration, memory, motivation and mood. This is because, physical activity spontaneously boosts the brain’s dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels- all of which caters to have better focus and attention.

Therefore, we all should imbibe in the habit of working out for at least 15 minutes daily. That may be first thing in the morning before work or school, at lunchtime before the mod afternoon lull hits, or for longer sessions over the weekend. If depression and anxiety have you feeling tired and unmotivated all day long, try dancing to some music or simply going for a brisk stroll around the corner. This short break can help refresh your mind and improve your mood to a great extent.

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