Depression comes in many forms and can take over a persons life shrouding their every thought in shadow.  It is a topic many tend to steer clear of and don't understand much about.

The journey to recovery will not be an easy one and anyone with depression will know that the easiest of tasks can be so difficult but there are paths to be walked and opportunities you can take to help.

Well in this article we will examine how exercise can help relieve your symptoms by positively boosting your mood.


When you participate in regular exercise your body releases a chemical called endorphin's.


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Endorphin's are produced by the body and act as an analgesics ( like a pain killer) which diminishes your perception of pain and also have a slight sedative effect.  Endorphin's also create a positive feeling in our bodies and are reduced through working out.  So upping your exercise can create a euphoric effect improving your mood and outlook.  A great way to become happier and fitter at the same time so try to schedule workouts into your routine.


  • Helps lower stress levels
  • Boosts confidence and self esteem
  • Improves sleeping patterns
  • Fights feelings of depression and anxiety
  • Increases:
  1. Heart health
  2. Lowers blood pressure
  3. Reduces unwanted body fat
  4. Strengthens muscles and bones
  5. Body image
We mentioned earlier that depression comes in many forms whether it be mild - severe - clinical.  Studies have shown that exercise is a often overlooked and underestimated weapon against helping you in your journey to obtaining a happier life and relieving depression.


There are many forms of exercise such as:
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  • Walking
  • Bike riding
  • Weight training
  • Exercise classes
  • Boxing
  • Golf
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Jogging/running
Choose an activity that you are interested in and would like to try.

You are going to need support as social interaction can assist in your alleviation of depression so joining an exercise class or teaming up with a training partner can benefit your confidence with additional support.

As always before beginning your depression fighting exercise program consult your doctor to make sure you are 100% safe to proceed.

Here is a quick video about my Depression book please have a look - you can get a copy on Amazon by typing - Liam Rooke - its called 'There and Back The Dark Journey'

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