How Exercise Physiology can help manage depression

Exercise is recognised as an evidence-based treatment for mental health conditions and physical activity can help promote positive mental health by improving mood and reducing mental health symptoms.

It makes sense doesn’t it? We always feel better after going for a walk or after a workout of any kind. However, sometimes we need a helping hand to point us in the right direction.

We understand it’s sometimes hard to get moving, or maybe you are also managing some other problems and pains (like a painful knee). We have professionally trained Accredited Exercise Physiologists who have the skills and knowledge to support you at every step along the way.

An Exercise Physiologists is an allied health professional with extensive knowledge of the body’s response to exercise

How Exercise Physiology can help manage depression

An Accredited Exercise Physiologists can help you to:

  • decrease symptoms of mental health conditions
  • Increase the quality of your sleep
  • Improve self esteem and reduce social withdrawal
  • help control weight gain induced by medication
  • improve chronic disease outcomes, e.g. type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis

Anyone with a diagnosed mental health condition, aged over 8 years old can attend our clinic. No matter how mild or severe you feel your mental health condition may be, we are well equipped with the knowledge and motivational skills to help you at any stage of your recovery.

We have helped people who suffer from:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • ADHD

Why Exercise?

Exercise has specific and non specific effects on both your brain and your mental health. These include but are not limited to.

  • Improved mood
  • Production of chemicals in the brain that improve focus and memory
  • Increase in endorphins that reduce pain intensity and calm the body
  • Physical changes in the brain that reduce your risk of developing other psychiatric conditions (that’s right! Exercise can change the brain)

This video below goes into more depth on how exercise specifically targets the brain to improve our mental health

It is Important to Get the Right Help

The right type of exercise is important so that you get the maximum improvement of your mental health condition. Our Exercise Physiologists can assess your ability and provide you with the right tools to reach your goal and feel better sooner! Talk to an expert today to get started

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