Re: Exercise Decreases Depression --> Why?
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Physiological effects: Well I think a lot of times people get depressed because they see their lives stagnating or even heading back wards (monotonous lifestyle, loss of job/family member, injury etc..et..) and exercise gives them an outlet that they can achieve on. When they notice the changes in their body it's like a beacon for them, that there is something they are doing that is improving there life and is exciting.
Well at least those are my thoughts. I remember when I was really injured how depressed I got when I wasn't training and numerous times I've seen board members exclaiming how they hate not being able to train.
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I think this is very true... Several years ago after being laid off, I was very thankful to have a daily workout routine going because it gave me something that I could accomplish every day, as opposed to just sitting at home in my underwear [img]/forum/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] all day looking for jobs on the net.