The Holidays…a mixed bag
Ahhhh, the holidays are here! Though these are times for celebration with family and friends, they can also include sadness from memories of loss, loneliness or depression. If you do, you’re not alone and I want to offer some suggestions based on research.
In the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers report that 30-minute aerobic workouts of moderate intensity, performed three to five times per week, cut mild to moderate depression symptoms nearly in half. The ability to reduce depression through physical activity related to the intensity of the exercise and sustaining it for 30-35 minutes per day.
Why does this work? Researchers believe exercise enhances mood by releasing norepinephrine and serotonin – the same nervous-system chemicals targeted by antidepressant drugs. Exercise also boosts feelings of self-efficacy and promotes positive thinking.
Now some of you may be thinking, “Yes, I know this…BUT…” and then you tell yourself your reason for not doing it.
So let’s get all the excuses out-front-and-center!!!
Next week you’ll see…the TOP 10 MOST COMMON EXERCISE EXCUSES and what you can easily do to overcome them. (While it may not be as entertaining as David Letterman’s Top 10 List, I hope it helps you put your health into perspective.)