Thursday, October 1, 2009

Just Another Good Reason To Exercise!

By Daniele SeissWashington Post Staff Writer

"There's a lot of medical research that confirms my experience of mental health through running. Although studies show the benefits vary from person to person, most reveal exercise to be as useful as medications and psychotherapy in reversing mild to moderate depression. It's not totally clear why that is. Many believe exercise has neurochemical effects on the brain that closely mimic the effects of antidepressant medication. But while antidepressants tend to boost a few select mood-enhancing neurotransmitters, studies show exercise boosts the supply of several of them, including serotonin, dopamine, endorphin, epinephrine and norepinephrine, which play key roles in depression. Exercise may also reduce the level of the stress hormone cortisol. " Read full article.

For those of you or maybe someone you know that is suffering from mild to moderate depression, please read this article. There are so many tremendous therapeutic benefits to exercising.