Dangers of Exercising While Depressed | Exercises that Help Depression and Anxiety

Exercising While Depressed

Not all workout regimens are equal. That is why it is important to take into consideration whether the exercises you are doing are actually helping your body to get better or just contributing to the problem. Overtraining is a real problem even if you are not even engaging in high intensity training. It is important to take caution when exercising while depressed or anxious. The body sees it as an added stress to an already stressed system. In this video I will explain the potential dangers of exercising while depressed as well as exercises that may benefit you to relieve depression and reduce anxiety.

Check out this video where I explain my thoughts on exercising while depressed:

Stress and The Adrenals

The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and they are responsible for secreting hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline; hormones that aid in responding to stress. Physical, mental and emotional stress is indistinguishable by the hypothalamus, which sends signals to the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland then sends hormones such as adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) to the adrenals to signal the adrenals to produce cortisol; aiding you during times of biological stress.

The problem with exercise is that it is a stressor. If you are experiencing high amounts of mental and emotional stress, high intensity training such as weightlifting could compound this problem and cause your body to fatigue and weaken over time.

Healthy Exercise

That is why it is important to choose exercises that actually help the body in feeling better and rejuvenated. It is important to listen to your body and determine how much physical activity it can withstand. A lot of people preach heavy intense training but I disagree. I think it is wise to stop exercising when you feel exhausted or worn out. In my opinion that is the healthiest thing you can do. In other words: you are listening to your body.

exercising while depressed

Choose activities such as yoga, stretching, swimming, tai chi, qi gong, walking and meditation to aid your body and make it stronger. Contrary to popular belief, your body does not need highly intensive exercising to maintain health. Exercise should be enjoyable, mild/moderately challenging if you are exercising while depressed.

Listen to your body and see what it responds well to!


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