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How Does Exercise Reduce Depression?

How does physical activity prevent depression? How does exercise help depression and anxiety? Regular exercise may help ease depression and anxiety by: Releasing feel-good endorphins, natural cannabis-like brain chemicals (endogenous cannabinoids) and other natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being.

Can you beat depression with exercise? Taking the time out of your day for at least thirty minutes of exercise three to five days a week can remarkably improve your depression symptoms. Regular exercise helps with: Releasing endorphins and brain chemicals in your body that make you feel good about yourself which is ultimately an instant mood enhancer.

What kind of exercise reduces depression? This includes running, swimming, walking, hiking, aerobics classes, dancing, cross-country skiing, and kickboxing. According to the Mayo Clinic, engaging in at least 30 minutes of exercise on three to five days of the week could significantly lessen depressive symptoms.