Can exercise cure Depression?

Cure, Not necessarily.

Can it help? Yes.

In my experience once training a new client the first benefit the majority notice is not weight loss or increased fitness levels but how much better they feel in themselves.

Exercise is a powerful depression fighter for several reasons. Most importantly, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energise your mind and make you feel good. Finally, exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression.

Ultimately though find out why you feel the way you do and if you can address the issue.

If you could somehow make exercise a pill it would be the most valuable on the market.

Now this isn’t me saying everyone needs to get a Personal Trainer or attend endless gym sessions. Just make small changes and lifestyle choices to get yourself more physically active. Move more, sit less.

In the largest ever study of its kind, analysis involving more than 30,000 adults revealed those who do not exercise are almost twice as likely – 44 per cent – to suffer with depression, compared to those who were exercising one to two hours a week.
The research, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, also showed that 12 per cent of depression cases could have been prevented by a small amount of regular exercise.

I am not a Doctor or even have the qualifications to give you this advice but the evidence is there and from my experience of training clients and myself, it helps.

What have you got to lose? You may even enjoy it.