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Treating depression with exercise: what does an accredited exercise physiologist do?

First published on HealthTimes –  March 9th, 2018



ith depression being hailed the third highest cause of disease burden worldwide, often overlapping with other chronic conditions, the media is full of news about the latest mental health treatments.

Anti-depressants have been proved to work. So has talk therapy. Exercise is a known lifestyle change that can improve mental health, but often people don’t know where to start and they can be dealing with other problems caused by their depression such as weight gain, social anxiety and withdrawal.

So how does exercise help?
A study conducted by Guszkowska, 2004 found that improvements in mood are proposed to be caused by exercise-induced increase in blood circulation to the brain and by an influence on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and, thus, on the physiologic reactivity to stress.