If you struggle with depression and are looking for ways to help improve your mental health, one suggestion that has probably already come up is exercising more frequently.
Physicians Weekly recently shared new research which indicates that even a small amount of aerobic exercise each week can help improve your mood and be a useful tool as part of a wider strategy for coping with depression.
Aerobic exercise is often also called cardio, and involves anything that gets your heart rate up, whether that’s running, walking or swimming. That means team sports like netball could be a great addition to your exercise regime – or a fun way to start one if you’re not currently that active.
This research specifically looked at those suffering from chronic illnesses who also had symptoms of depression. It found that patients who did some aerobic exercise two to three times a week were more likely to see a reduction in their depression symptoms than those who did no exercise.
Dr Simon Bacon, of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and senior study author, told the news provider that “something is better than nothing”.
“This suggests that even short regular bouts of aerobic exercise may be enough to reduce depression,” he stated.
If you want to try netball as part of your fitness regime, take a look at our netball lessons in Putney to help you get started on the court.
Earlier this year, we offered some advice to help you get into good exercise habits. They included not thinking of the gym as the only place you can go to exercise, and committing to regular exercise. Going to a class twice a week regularly is more beneficial in the long term than trying to workout seven days a week and giving up after a month.