Depressed? Exercise will help.

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We often hear about the physical benefits of exercise (e.g., increasing heart health), less often are the psychological benefits promoted. Yet, engaging in a moderate amount of physical activity will result in improved mood and emotional states. Exercise can promote psychological well-being as well as improve quality of life.
The following are common psychological benefits gained through exercise.

Improved mood

Reduced stress as well as an improved ability to cope with stress

Improved self-esteem

Pride in physical accomplishments

Increased satisfaction with oneself

Improved body image

Increased feelings of energy

Improved in confidence in your physical abilities

Decreased symptoms associated with depression

As people experience these psychological benefits, it is likely that they also will be motivated to continue exercises so that they continue to receive these benefits.   How much exercise is needed to produce those effects?  

Even a brief walk at low intensity can improve mood and increase energy. As little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise can have a positive effect.

For long-term benefits, you should exercise 3 times a week for 30 minutes per session at a moderate intensity.

Programs longer than 10 weeks work best for reducing symptoms of depression

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