Shed Some Pounds and Fight the Blues

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The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year but not for everyone, it can be stressful, full of anxiety and often depression for many. Suffering from such feelings can be hard to handle without any help. If you have anxiety or depression — exercise might seem like the last thing you want to do, but it might be the thing that can make a big difference. Exercise, of course, helps prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis, but research on the effects of exercise on anxiety and depression shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can help reduce anxiety and improve your mood. Exercise can help ease depression! It helps in releasing feel-good brain chemicals (neurotransmitters and endorphins) that may ease depression and reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen depression. When you exercise you will likely be focused on the present moment and not your troubles. This can be a distraction for the holiday worry and can leave you feeling more relaxed and less angry, fatigued or other negative emotions. In addition to other forms of therapy for depression, add exercise to your list of remedies. Try it out and shed some pounds while you fight the blues!

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