Depression is a very hard talking point for individuals to admit to having, especially for men!
Depression is described as a common, potentially debilitating condition characterised by sadness, loss of interest or pleasure and feelings of guilt or low self worth. Depression may also manifest as disturbances in sleep, concentration, appetite, or as persistent fatigue.
WHY IS EXERCISE IMPORTANT?
Exercise has been shown to have a moderate clinical effect on depressive symptoms and may be as effective as psychological or pharmaceutical therapies.
Research suggests that taking part in regular exercise may increase the level of brain serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in regulating mood, sleep, libido, appetite and other functions. Exercise can also increase the level of endorphins in the brain which increase an individuals feel good factor. Exercise does not have to be boring and heading to the gym by yourself, try joining a group class or taking part in a team sport. Regular exercise is classed as 3-4 times per week for 30-40 minutes.
If you suffer or think you suffer from depression PLEASE TALK to someone about it, chat to your GP, contact lifeline (13 11 14) and join a community where people care and support you.
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