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The Benefits Of Exercise For Depression


Exercise is one of the best ways to maintain your physical health. However, exercise is also good for your mental health, as well. In particular, exercise can help alleviate the symptoms associated with depression. First, exercise increases your energy, which in return can alleviate your symptoms of depression. Also, exercise increases your level of endorphins, which can improve your mood and eliminate your symptoms associated with depression. On a third and final note, exercise solidifies who you are and improves your identity as a person.

Exercise Can Increase Your Energy

One of the symptoms associated with depression is a lack of energy or fatigue. You may feel tired, sluggish, and may not even want to get out of bed to start your daily routine. However, this is no way to live. Have you ever tried exercising? It does not have to be anything major. It can be a simple thirty minute daily exercise routine. Just by exercising for thirty minutes on a daily basis you can increase your energy. In return, you will feel better about yourself, as well. More importantly, you will feel less depressed.

Exercise Increases The Release of Endorphins Which Improve Your Mood

According to, “For many years, experts have known that exercise enhances the action of endorphins, chemicals that circulate throughout the body. Endorphins improve natural immunity and reduce the perception of pain. They may also serve to improve mood.” With that said, exercise can release endorphins, which can relieve physical pain. However, the release of endorphins can also improve your mood and eliminate your symptoms associated with depression.

Exercise Improves Your Identity

According to Clear (2016), “When it comes to beating depression over the long–term, this is what makes exercise more powerful than medication. It’s not that medication doesn’t work — it does. But exercise does something that medication doesn’t. It proves a new identity to yourself. Each time you finish a workout, you reap the benefits of an increased sense of self–confidence. The cumulative impact of these “small wins” is enormous.” Therefore, as a result, exercise improves your self-confidence, which in return improves your identity and decreases your symptoms associated with depression.


Exercising on a daily basis is one of the best things you can do for yourself to decrease your symptoms associated with depression. You will feel better about yourself. Even further, your self-esteem will improve. More importantly, your symptoms associated with depression will also decrease, as well.


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The Benefits Of Exercise For Depression

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). The Benefits Of Exercise For Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 25, 2020, from


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