Exercise Is Better Than Drugs

Physical exercise has been proposed as a complementary treatment which may help to improve symptoms of depression and prevent relapse

The 21st century brings with it a sedentary lifestyle. Today’s youth won’t be able to survive even for a day if thrown back a few millennial.

The slow-paced, non-dynamic nature of desk job that most of the people are subjected to, has infected its victims with a malicious virus that eventually leads to early death. Sitting for lengthy hours is terrible for your body and elevates the risk of muscular skeletal disorders, obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and more, even if you work out regularly.

And it’s not just your poor physical health that you have to worry about, our brain becomes starved as well, leading to hazardous emotional problems. Latest studies show a direct relation between lack of exercise and symptoms of anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.

Researchers have proved that depression is a direct result of compromised quality of life that may give wind to chronic diseases. These problems are then treated in a traditional manner which obviously include psychotherapy and antidepressant treatments but what most of the educated people don’t know is that depression is actually a disturbed state of mind which can be suppressed by physical activity at best.

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Exercise has long been prescribed as part of a healthy lifestyle. A new study at the University of Vermont Medical Centre declares that exercise should be prescribed to patients with mental health issues before psychiatric drugs. This research is subjected to growing acknowledgment all over the world because it is common knowledge that the benefits of antidepressants diminishes over time, getting patients hooked as they suffer more from their side effects than the benefits.

Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder and is thought to affect 121 million adults worldwide, and as such was rated as the fourth leading cause of disease burden in 2000, projected to become the highest cause of disease burden by 2020. Antidepressant drugs have a dark side to it as well, where it helps some patients to cope up with their health issues, it also has an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly in those with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions or major cardiovascular risk factors.

Furthermore, it is observed that 50 percent of psychiatric patients do not continue with their antidepressant therapy which is even more harmful.

Physical exercise has been proposed as a complementary treatment which may help to improve symptoms of depression and prevent relapse.

People in earlier days used to have a much healthier lifestyle, thus you wouldn’t hear about health problems much but now as sedentary activities are promoted so much you can see that mental health is being compromised by a greater odd.

That is why researchers promote instilling physical activities in our daily life. Also, it is strongly suggested that mental health facilities should be built with gyms moving forward.

8 thoughts on “Exercise Is Better Than Drugs

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    Chanice Mcnamara says:

    When you feel that everything is falling, physical activity can provide a kind of focus, a routine, a comfort and even a health aid.

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    Digby Shaw says:

    I kind of agree with the main topic of this article, however, what I have learned by interviewing my patients is that the problem is that most people with depression are aware of all the things they could or should do to fight their condition but do not feel able to do anything to improve their condition.

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    Mathew Cottrell says:

    It can provide a new motivation and can make workout a fun time. Finally, to benefit from the combination of exercises and depression, you must congratulate yourself for each workout completed.

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    Leland Goodman says:

    I believe that to associate exercises and depression profitably, one must first be honest with oneself.

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    Amelia-Mae Webber says:

    If you want to exercise because you consider it a positive act for your health it is a good thing, but if it becomes just another way to punish yourself you risk a further failure.

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    Ayaana Acosta says:

    They do not see, in other words, a progression towards improvement; this is because depression brings with it physical and mental exhaustion, self-loathing, a sense of defeat and frustration.

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    Hashir Mckee says:

    For the first time in ages I find myself agreeing with the naysayers. Exercising this way is most probably counterproductive as much as how to get an idea of the perfect exercise and body: fixations in no way help overcome a period of depression.

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