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One of the hardest aspects of staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic is spending so much time alone and isolated. Many people find themselves still quarantining alone, and sometimes this leads to depression. One recent poll revealed 45 percent of adults say that stress due to the pandemic has taken a toll on their mental health. If you fall into that category, experts say you should get moving.

As if overall health and wellness were not reason enough to maintain an exercise program, a new study from Massachusetts General Hospital researchers reveals mental health benefits, as well. Specifically, those experiencing symptoms of depression were found to benefit greatly through physical activity and planned exercise.

The study followed 8000 participants for two years, who detailed their lifestyle details, including exercise habits. The results indicate that regular weekly physical exercise decreases risk for depression. This has long been suggested by mental health experts, but this study definitely shows the link between movement and sustained mental health. The results show that even those who are genetically pre-disposed to clinical depression significantly benefit by consistently exercising.

The study bolsters previous research that showed strength training to be a major deterrent to depression. This includes slow resistance training, which is what we offer at Strength Science Studios.

A separate study published last year in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that strength and resistance training could also lessen the severity of depression symptoms for those already in the middle of a major depressive event. Care was taken to point out that exercise alone may not be a fully effective therapy, but when combined with property medical advice and in some cases, prescription drugs, exercise may pay a pivotal role in combatting depression.

Interestingly, although researchers and medical professionals increasingly support the idea that exercise may ease depression, no one has fully determined the mechanism behind it. There are several theories as to why exercise helps, but no definitive explanation yet.

Since depression can be an isolating experience, it can be additionally helpful to not exercise alone. At Strength Science Studios professional trainers work with clients one-on-one every week. The program requires only once-a-week attendance for a 30-minute session. The facility and the program focuses heavily on men and women age 50 and older, although everyone is welcome.

Come by Strength Science Studios at 730 Bluebonnet Blvd Suite 7, and let us introduce you to the program. If you would like to make an appointment for a consultation, please call (225)  256-3000. 

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