Regular Exercise Can Help You Fight Depression and PTSD

Elderly people exercising

Did you know that regular exercise can help you fight depression and PTSD? Anyone who has suffered a severe injury or is dealing with a disability can experience these states of mind and it is nothing to be ashamed or afraid of. Even though there are several medical ways to address these conditions, they can also be alleviated with regular exercise. 

It’s almost summer, and that means more walks in nature and more chances for mild workout under the sun rays. Whether you're facing stubborn weight gain, battling a chronic disease or having difficulties moving around due to physical disabilities, or as we said, even coping with depression, regular mild exercise can be of great help. Exercising increases your body's metabolism, which in turn burns more calories, both during a workout and throughout one's day. Exercise helps to reduce stress and anxiety levels, boosts energy, and aids sleeping patterns. But it's not just the exercise itself that makes a significant impact on mobility; exercise actually builds muscles and bones while reducing overall fat mass in your body. By adding regular mild exercise to your daily routine mix, you can improve your physical health as well as your emotional balance.

 

Exercise and physical health in people with disabilities

It’s no secret that exercising regularly will not only make you look better, but keep you healthy for a longer period of time. Your body needs that energy boost exercise provides especially when you’re dealing with a disability. Physically disabled people already deal with physical limitations that in turn may cause muscle atrophy. 

Muscle atrophy happens when muscles start to waste away. And of course, it's usually a result of a lack of physical activity. When a disease or injury makes it difficult or impossible for you to move a limb, the lack of mobility can result in muscle wasting. The time needed for a muscle to heal can vary from a few weeks to a few months. This is why regular workouts that do not require too much effort are crucial for keeping your physical health in order. Some people with disabilities find water gyms a very pleasant way to get their daily workout. The most effective ways to increase mobility in a water gym such as moving around with an aquatic wheelchair; transferring from a chair into the water, and getting back out into a chair, focus on the legs and most important core muscles.

 

Exercise and emotional health in people with disabilities

Consistent exercise can have a positive impact on the serotonin levels in your brain. Enhancing your levels of serotonin improves your mood and overall sense of health and happiness. It can also help improve your appetite needs and sleeping patterns, which are usually negatively affected by depression or PTSD. Exercising, you “burn out” your negative emotions and start feeling more energized.

However, before deciding on any exercise program, it's crucial to consult your doctor to make sure that you do your workout properly and safely. Your doctor will help you determine the best exercises having in mind goals, age, weight, or other physical problems that you're experiencing.

In conclusion, aside from keeping you physically strong, mild exercise helps you maintain organ health as well, moderate exercise strengthens your heart and improves your circulation. Physical activity or exercise can help you stay in better shape and lower your chance of acquiring diseases including type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity and exercise can enhance your health both now and in the future. Most significantly, regular exercise can help you live a better life.

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