It is safe to say that we all realize that there are inherent benefits to exercising. While helping us to have better cardiovascular and respiratory health as well as counteracting the effect of several disease processes in the body. It can help us to feel better and to live a life that is overall healthier with less pain. In this post, however, I wanted to go over some of the less commonly known benefits of exercise.
Depression is something that many people face, but not something that we commonly think exercise can help with. However, in recent studies, they have found that 30 minutes of exercise daily can have a huge clinical impact.
The Importance of Exercise: Can it Help with Depression?
In a study, which involved 80 adults aged 20 to 45 years who were diagnosed with mild to moderate depression, researchers looked at exercise alone to treat the condition and found:
- Depressive symptoms were cut almost in half in those individuals who participated in 30-minute aerobic exercise sessions, three to five times a week after 12 weeks
- Those who exercised with low-intensity for three and five days a week showed a 30 percent reduction in symptoms
- Participants who did stretching flexibility exercises 15 to 20 minutes three days a week averaged a 29 percent decline
Another study done by the American Journal of medicine showed that a year-long exercise routine can help to bolster your immune system.
Without delving too much into the numbers of it with a steady work out routine a significant reduction in the subject’s illness was shown.
One of the largest limiting factors from keeping people from exercise or falling off of an exercise routine is pain or an injury. If you are experiencing anything that is keeping you from exercise or you are concerned about starting a new routine. We offer a complimentary consultation for exactly this reason, give us a call at (573) 250-7427.