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You are not alone.

The depression is a common mental health disorder that affects 15 to 20% of Canadians , at least once in their life. Common mental health disorders (depression, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorder, post-traumatic stress, etc.) generally lead to isolation, physical pain, difficulty concentrating, reduced energy, sleep, a dysfunctional occupational schedule and physical deconditioning. Fortunately, physical activity allows you to regain healthy lifestyles and reduce or even eliminate the symptoms mental health disorders.

The hormonal effect of exercise

Common mental disorders are usually caused by a hormonal imbalance . We generally observe a deficit of neurotransmitters that promote well-being (serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine) and a release of cortisol (related to stress).

Regular practice of physical activity increases the natural secretion of serotonin (hormone responsible for well-being) and decreases the secretion of cortisol (stress hormone). This is why physical activity has antidepressant effects . In addition, the tranquilizing effect of the exercise by the reduction of the cortisol is accompanied by a relief of the psychological state. Regular physical exercise therefore improves the mood and certain functional abilities of people suffering from depression thanks to a positive effect on the control of hormones and neurotransmitters affected by this disease.

In addition, exercise is beneficial to long term since it allows reduce the risk of relapse and the need for external help. Health professionals agree that exercise is essential for mental health and balance. Many of the metabolic changes induced by exercise improve brain function. For example, during physical activity, endorphins are released, which contributes to the feeling of well-being .

A regulatory effect

Physical activity also reduces the heart rate , to increase the lung capacity and improve the cardiorespiratory capacity . Living with a mental health disorder can lead to isolation and apathy. By staying at home to rest, a process of deconditioning can begin quickly, resulting in a drop in energy and an increase in the sensation of pain. Physical activity breaks this vicious circle through the reactivation process. In addition, lowering the heart rate calms the body and reduces stress. Cardiovascular exercises help to better manage anxiety and emotions.

So get out!!!!!

Jeff Theberge

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