We are at the beginning Brain Awareness Week.
I thought this would be a great time to address depression and how exercise can help.
Depression affects many women in mid-life. It is twice more prevalent in women than in men. As women near menopause, the change in hormone levels is one of the most common factors that may precipitate depression.
These physical changes often have an emotional consequence.
Depression can manifest as:
Stress management, proper nutrition, and physical exercise all have enormous beneficial effects on improving mental well-being. I discuss how you can improve depression with food in previous blogs. You can find those articles here.
But today, I want to focus on the benefits of exercise and why this plays a key role in managing and alleviating the symptoms of depression and lifting your mood.
The truth is, exercise is probably the last thing you want to do when you are in a depressed state, but it's probably the best thing you can do for yourself. You don't have to run a marathon. In the beginning, even 5 minutes of walking, or some other form of exercise you might enjoy, can help break the cycle of depression.
This is what happens when you get moving. Exercise leads to the release of endorphins in the brain that give you that natural high. This makes you feel good and promotes a healthy mental state. You can’t help but feel great and be energized when you exercise!
Exercise also helps you feel accomplished and gives you a higher sense of self-worth. And of course, as you feel better, you will be able to see yourself and the world around you through a healthier and happier lens.
If you are looking for help in forming the exercise habit, look back on this wonderful article I wrote back in 2016 called, Begin with a single step: 5 ways to help you form the exercise habit.
Find all the help you need to be at your healthiest - inside and out from my book Healthy Body for Life - A Guide for Women Over 40. Get your signed copy right here.
Here is a brief video of a selection of little clips from my presentation at the FEARLESS WOMEN'S SUMMIT in Calgary Feb 3, 2018 at the Ross Glen Hall at Mount Royal University.
My topic: The 4 C's to Living a Healthy, Happy, Fulfilling Life.
It was great to be speaking to 300 women who braved the snowstorm to come to this great event that Saturday!
I'm looking forward to flying to Ottawa to speak at the April 14th Fearless Women's Summit.
Ladies in and around the OTTAWA area, I would love to meet you!
Click here to see the lineup of speakers and to pick up your tickets.
See you in Ottawa!
Regular physical activity is essential to your overall well-being, especially as you age. Making that all-important decision to improve your physical activity will be the best thing you can do for yourself at this stage in your life. It will help you age younger, stronger, and happier.
It is common to accept physical decline as a normal part of aging. The fact is that if you are not involved in some form of physical activity on a daily basis, you will gradually lose your natural abilities, your health, and you will soon begin to look and feel old.
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to slow down physical aging. It will help you maintain your independence as you age and increase your ability to live a life free of chronic disease, pain, and disability.
A well-rounded exercise regime will include strength training, cardiovascular exercise, balance exercises, and flexibility training.
The Canadian and American Physical Activity Guidelines state that we should accumulate 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise every week. This amounts to about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
In my book, Healthy Body for Life - A Guide for Women Over 40, you will find illustrated guidelines to help you stay active, strong, and flexible.
What will you do today to invest in your future health, fitness, and well-being?
Enjoy a walk? Take a yoga class? Hit the weights?
Join me on my Facebook page, and share what you enjoy doing to stay active.