[STUDY] Exercise and Depression

If you struggle with depression at any level you need to read this.

Shawn Achor, Positive Psychologist from Harvard and best selling author explains some of the powerful benefits of exercise.

Here is a quote, Achor says:

“Your have probably heard that exercise releases pleasure-inducing chemicals called endorphins, but that’s not it’s only benefit.  Physical activity can boost mood and enhance our work performance in a number of other ways as well, by improving motivation and feelings of mastery, reducing stress and anxiety, and helping us get into flow – that “locked in” feeling of total engagement that we usually get when we’re at our most productive.

One study proved just how powerful exercise can be:

Three groups of depressed patients were assigned to different coping strategies -

One group took antidepressant medication, one group exercised for 45 minutes three times a week, and one group did a combination of both.

After four months, all three groups experienced similar improvements in happiness.  The very fact that exercise proved just as helpful as anti-depressants is remarkable,  but the story doesn’t end here.

The groups were then tested six months later to assess their relapse rate.

Of those who had taken the medication alone, 38 percent had slipped back into depression.

Those in the combination group were doing only slightly better, with a 31 percent relapse rate.

The biggest shock, though, came from the exercise group:  Their relapse rate was only 9 percent!

In short, physical activity is not just an incredibly powerful mood lifter, but a long-lasting one.”

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So you can see that exercise has far reaching effects on our mood, feeling of well being, and long term emotional state.

If your not exercising on a regular basis I encourage you to begin today.  Just go for a fast walk for 20 minutes and notice how you feel after.

Pay attention to your mood the rest of the day and you will see the benefits immediately.

Now go boots those endorphin’s.

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Do You Have Fit FEET?

I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say I’d like to tone up my feet or improve my foot strength but the truth is we need to have strong ankles and feet.

Your feet are the foundation of everything and your ankles stabilize your entire body so I’d say it’s pretty important.

This is even more important if you wear dress shoes all day.

Imagine putting your hand, yes I said hand, in a really tight shoe for 8 or more hours a day what do you think would happen over time.

It wouldn’t be pretty.  That’s what you do to your feet all day.  Wearing heels shortens your achilles tendon.  Pointed shoes restrict your toes and decrease flexibility.

So it’s important to go barefoot as much as you can.  You should also do some calf stretching and foot / ankle complex stability exercises.

FOOT FITNESS TEST

In the video below I give you a Foot Fitness Test to see if you have strong flexible healthy feet or if you need improvement.

I also give you some examples of what you can do at home to improve your foot and ankle flexibility, stability, and strength.  Watch the video and try it.

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