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Five Exercise Therapies for Depression and Anxiety

Exercise Therapies

Today, stress is a major concern for people of all ages across the globe. The stress of personal or professional life is slowly taking a toll on people. Prolonged stress often leads to serious issues like depression and anxiety. Losing a loved one, failing in professional life, facing a financial crisis, abuse at home or outside, and not able to meet one's own expectations can make anxiety and depression even worse. Rather than paying visits to psychologists and taking antidepressants, one can opt for exercise therapy and feel better daily.

If you too are on the verge of feeling low most of the time, you can start with these exercise therapy moves.

1) Start Moving

Running makes it easier for you to fall asleep which benefits your overall mental health by improving memory, lowering stress levels, and protecting against depression. It can burn calories, reduce food cravings, and lower your risk for heart disease. So start running, jogging, or walking for at least thirty minutes a day. You can eventually increase the duration.

2) Strength Training Exercises

Strength training improves mood and self-esteem, regulates sleep, and reduces stress, which can all contribute to overall feelings of well-being. Start with bench presses, lunges, pull-ups, deadlifts, crunches, squats, and other easy strength training exercises. Then you can move on to more intense exercises.

3) Kickboxing

While boxing tones the body from head to toe, what keeps people continuing boxing is the relief they get after punching and kicking something after a stressful time. Therefore, enrol yourself in a gym or put up a boxing bag in your home. Start kickboxing and feel better after a few depressing moments.

4) Bounce

You don’t need to jump but bend your knees and bounce as quickly as you can for a few minutes. This is an easy way to oxygenate your brain and get some endorphins flowing. Bouncing on a trampoline or a rubber surface can help you feel better instantly and rods you from the trap of depressing thoughts and anxiety.

5) Aerobic Exercises

Improved heart and lung function due to regular aerobic exercise therapy is often associated with a greater sense of overall well-being, which can help offset feelings of anxiety. Any exercise can help diminish anxiety, but aerobic exercise therapy that really gets your heart rate up will be the most beneficial. Indulge yourself in swimming, dancing, or biking to feel better.

When you have depression or anxiety, exercise often seems like the last thing you want to do. But once you get motivated, exercise can improve your mood, make you feel refreshed and fit, and also reduce anxiety. So make sure you get started at the earliest. You can combine exercise therapy with beneficial massage therapy sessions for better results.