Exercise may Lower Risk of Depression
Does the lockdown have you seeing blue? Let’s face it – indoors or not, we all have a day now and then when we feel a little down in the dumps. That’s perfectly normal. But if those feelings start interfering with our daily lives and ability to function productively, there may be cause for concern – especially for women.
According to MentalHealth.org, women are more likely than men to have common mental health problems, such as depression, and are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders. The reasons for this still aren’t clear, but it does raise a red flag cautioning us to listen to our bodies and take action to guard against or fight depression. Inactivity can, of course, result in obesity. At the same time, prolonged or frequent social isolation provides a ripe environment for the development of depression.
Because of this and so much more we invite you to take part in our online workouts, or even to make sure you go for a gentle walk every day. Keeping active, especially during stressful times, can lead you to a clearer state of mind.
Depression and obesity
You may not be surprised to hear that researchers have discovered that depression and obesity can go hand-in-hand. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 43 per cent of adults with depression are obese. Depression and anxiety can both be associated with overeating, poor food choices, and a more sedentary lifestyle. Over time, weight gain may eventually lead to obesity.
Modern lifestyles have hijacked our previous tendency to remain active. Television and the internet now occupy a great deal of our time and unfortunately, perpetuate a sedentary and socially-isolated lifestyle. We also, the current situation we all live in might be preventing you from exercising.
The good news
Fortunately, depression can be treated successfully. Along with medication and psychotherapy, exercise can be a critical part of this prescription. It not only burns calories which helps you to lose weight; it is an excellent defence against stress, which is also associated with depression. And if that’s not enough to get us up and moving, exercising also makes us feel better about ourselves, improving our self-esteem.
The culture of Curves provides more than just a way for women to burn calories. Its supportive, interactive environment allows members to relax and be part of a community that naturally helps relieve stress and feelings of isolation. By design, the Curves circuit encourages interaction in an upbeat and positive way.
It’s a place where members care about and support one another…a resource to help members get healthy and stay healthy, both physically and emotionally.
If you are interested in knowing more about Curves, and how we can help you achieve your health goals visit one of our clubs online