A healthy lifestyle has been associated with lower risks for most diseases. Exercise and a healthy diet are recommended at any stage in life, but not many people make the connection between regular exercise and its benefits for depression.
Exercise is known to boost energy levels, stimulates the nervous system, and enhance metabolism, improving one’s sense of self. Experts believe that exercise enhances the action of endorphins, chemicals that circulate throughout the body improving natural immunity and reducing perception of pain, improving mood. It is also believed that exercise stimulates the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine, which are directly related to one’s overall mood.