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Exercise: A Great Way To Manage Depression Without Side Effects Depression is indicated by ‘feeling blue’ or unusual sadness and a loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities. It often also involves sleep and appetite changes, poor concentration, feelings of worthlessness and a general lack of energy.

Exercise appears to be as effective as medication in treating depression¹ without the side effects and is becoming a more common management plan for sufferers of depression. Studies show weight training and aerobic exercise are effective in treating major depression. 60% of people halve their depression by exercising and more than 40% stay that way for at least three months.

However, patients with depression are often more sensitive to criticism and need careful behavioural management. If pain is a factor, they are more likely to lose interest.

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist can help with the right advice and motivation while monitoring the patients behavioural needs. Exercise prescribed can be conducted in groups, as individuals, supervised or unsupervised or a combination. Being motivated with a home based program can also be highly effective.

Talk to an Exercise Physiologist on how they can help with your depression management using a healthy prescription of exercise. You may be eligible for a Medicare rebate for your exercise physiology consultation. Your GP can arrange a care plan to allow this to happen

Contact us to speak with an Exercise Physiologist today.

References:

  1. Blumenthal J.A et al. Effects of Exercise Training on Older Patients with Major Depression
    Arch Intern Med 1999; 159: 2349-56.
  2. Blumenthal J.A et al. Exercise and pharmacotherapy in the treatment of Major Depression.
    Psychosom Med 2007; 69: 587-96.
  3. Depression; www. Exercise is Medicine Publication Full Version 2011.

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