Studies have shown that exercise is a highly effective way to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, with results comparable to or better than medication in some cases. Regular physical activity can boost mood, reduce stress, increase energy levels, and improve sleep quality, among other benefits. Furthermore, exercise has no side effects and can be easily incorporated into daily routines. Whether you prefer a brisk walk, a yoga class, or a weightlifting session, there are many ways to make exercise a part of your mental health regimen.
A new study discovered that exercise is 1.5 times more effective at reducing mild-to-moderate symptoms of depression, psychological stress, and anxiety than medication or cognitive behavior therapy. The study suggests that by increasing our body temperature through physical activity we can reduce muscular tension, illicit endorphins, alter cellular function and reduce inflammation.
Thirty minutes of exercise, five days a week, was determined to provide a desired result, but for people over 45 years, many studies showed that walking 20 to 40 minutes per day was notably effective for improving depression and anxiety.