3 Ways Exercise Can Reduce Depression

reduce depressionWe all know that exercise is good for our physical health, but it also has healing properties for our mental health as well. Although you may not want to do it initially, getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per day can help you relieve stress and feel better. Here’s how!

Reduces Stress

If you’re feeling stressed, it’s time to get in some exercise! It’s a great way to reduce your stress level and leave you feeling much better about things. If you can get outside, that’s ideal, but, if you can’t, the gym will do the trick. During exercise, you increase oxygen to your muscles, which helps you fight tension. Have you ever noticed that your body isn’t as tight after exercising? That’s why!

Improves Self-Confidence

When you feel better about yourself, things may not bother you as much. Exercise can empower you, make you feel strong, and give you a glow that makeup can’t. It’s important to love yourself, no matter how difficult that may be for you. Exercise can help you feel better about yourself and that’s most important.

Improves Mood

This goes without saying, but if you’re feeling good about yourself and you’re less stressed, you’re bound to feel happier. Some people have also noticed an increase in patience when adding daily exercise to their routines.

This isn’t to say that antidepressants still aren’t necessary. In fact, many people reap the benefits of both simultaneously. When coupled with an antidepressant, exercise is a great way to boost your mood and leave you feeling better about yourself. Exercise is a win-win situation for you!

Be well,
Dr. Amanda Itzkoff

My name is Amanda Itzkoff, MD. I am a New York City based Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

For additional information, please feel free to email our office at Amanda.Itzkoff@gmail.com.

To schedule an appointment, call our offices at 917-609-4990.

Dr. Amanda Itzkoff.

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