Exercise, Depression and Winter….

Beat it early!

As the daylight savings time is beginning and a chill is blowing in, it seems clear that the seasons are shifting. With shorter days and more variable weather, people might begin to feel that shift with signs or symptoms of depression or seasonal affective disorder.

One of the best ways to combat these feelings is to keep a regular exercise program!

Evidence has proven time and time again that a regular exercise program is one of the best ways to manage and alleviate signs and symptoms of depression.

Exercise recommendations: The National Physical Activity Guidelines for Australians recommend:

  • A minimum of 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on most, preferably all, days of the week; An example of ‘moderate intensity’ exercise is brisk walking where a slight increase in breathing and heart rate is noticeable
  • Exercising for at least 10 minutes at a time – the 30 minutes total does not need to be continuous; Short sessions of different activities can be combined to make up a total of 30 minutes exercise or more each day
  • Being active in as many ways as possible each day (e.g. using the stairs instead of a lift)

For more information on signs and symptoms of depression, check out bupa’s website: http://www.bupa.com.au/health-and-wellness/health-information/az-health-information/depression

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