Written By: Rosie Riott ~ @rosie_riott
One in ten adults in America suffer from Depression and Anxiety. According to Harvard Medical studies, exercise can be just as effective as an all-natural alternative treatment to pharmaceutical drugs. In severe cases, exercise alone may not be enough, but it is definitely a start. Studies show that in high intensity workouts, our endorphins, you know, those “feel good” chemicals we make, flood our bodies and give us what we call the “runner’s high.” While that may seem great, the real magic starts with consistent exercise over time. Dr. Michael Craig Miller, assistant professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, states that exercise supports nerve cell growth in the hippocampus, the region of our brain that regulates mood, improving nerve cell connections, which helps relieve depression.
“The minute you stop moving, that’s when you die.” Ever hear that saying? Well, I sure have and to be honest, I’ve heard it more times than I could probably count. As we get older, so many things are being tossed our way, clouding our judgements, overwhelming us, causing stress on not only our minds, but throughout our bodies. You’d wonder, especially in this day and age, how does one possibly survive? And I’ll tell you, it may seem hard now, but there are things we can do to keep our stress levels and our temper tantrums to a minimum, keeping us feeling ten times more alive.
1. Go on a daily walk! Yes, a walk! Wake up, walk around the block, maybe take a quick stroll on your lunch break or even a little trot after dinner! Every step counts! Remember, when you are moving, your blood is flowing and your nerves are growing!
2. Do something you already love. Maybe you used to play a sport and wish you could get back to doing it. Don’t think you have time? Make time! Your interests shouldn't have to take a backseat to your all consuming life! You, too, are important! Don’t forget that!
3. Try something new! There has got to be at least one thing you’ve been dying to try, but for whatever reason, have been putting it off. From activities like skateboarding to roller skating to bicycle riding to yoga to playing horseshoes to even kicking a ball around and well, the list goes on! You get the picture! Just try SOMETHING and if that sucks, try something else! Life is all about trial and error!
Ever since I was a kid, I've enjoyed exercise. My family life had always been chaotic and exercise was one of the only things that got me by. I studied it religiously. It then became an outlet for me, to relieve my stress, to let out my anger. Throughout my years, I’ve tried new activities, hated some, but only learned what I liked and disliked because first, I decided to try. TRY IT ALL!
All in all, exercise can only help you. Why pass up the free help or the good mood? KEEP MOVING! You’ll thank me in 3months!
Xo Rosie Riott