Pilates Pyrmont and Bootcamp Pyrmont: An active body for health and happiness
Do you feel sad sometimes? You’re not alone! Everyone feels sad from time to time, but depression is characterised by prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. One in five women and one in eight men will experience depression at some point in their lives.
So here’s the good news… keeping active can be a great way of helping to prevent or manage depression.
Research has shown that if you take part in regular physical activity that you will have a decreased risk of developing depression. On the other hand, people who do not take part in physical activity of more than 20-30 mins most days are more likely to have depressive symptoms compared to people who exercised regularly.
A recent study concluded that 16 weeks of regular exercise is equally effective as a certain group of antidepressant medications for treatment of mild to moderate depression. When you consider that a high percentage of people stop taking antidepressants within six weeks of the drugs being prescribed, making exercise a great alternative.
But how does this work? Regular exercise has been shown to increase levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain involved in mood, sleep, libido, appetite and other functions. Exercise may also increase endorphins, which are ‘feel good’ chemicals.
Exercise does not need to be extremely vigorous to be helpful for depression – simply briskly walking each day can be beneficial.
Some people need some motivation to get in the habit of regular exercise. At Sanctuary Sanitarium Pyrmont we have a number of classes including Pilates and Outfit (a bootcamp style morning exercise program), as well as one on one sessions. Our aim is to get people to experience the wholeperson benefits of healthy living.
Contact us to find out more.