children to alleviate the common symptoms of depression. Exercises promote
positive outlook in life by improving the self esteem, thereby curing
depression. Read on to know the benefits of exercises for depression in
Regular exercises and physical activity is
found to bring about a considerable improvement is self esteem. Low self
esteem, fatigue, loss of interest in any activity and sleeplessness are
some of the most common symptoms of depression in children. These can be
effectively countered with regular exercises.
of Exercises on Body
There is a natural and automatic release of
a chemical known as Endorphin when the body exercises. They interact with the
brain receptors and lessen the feeling of pain, and induce and feeling of joy
and the mind too turns more active. The positive feeling, that the body
experience thereof is akin to the effect of morphine. This is why there is a
boost of energy and a feel-good factor that is common after a brisk workout
A simple instance, ask your kid who is
suffering from depression
to take a run or go for a jog in the early morning fresh air and after he
returns, he will say that there is sure a positivity in it, he will experience
what is commonly termed as the ‘runner’s high’. Such feelings bring about a
positive outlook in life as well.
Apart from acting as analgesic, endorphins
also do the work of sedatives. Endorphins are released from other parts of the
body along with the spinal cord and brain. This is mostly in response to neurotransmitters
the brain chemicals.
of Exercise for Coping with Depression
When your kid or adolescent is suffering
from depression, regular exercise can prove to be safer, more beneficial and
effective compared to clinical therapies. However, your physician is the best
judge to identify whether it is essential for your child to be on medication or
not. But exercises
are a great way to keep the body fit and mind more active and alert. Given
below are some of the benefits of exercise:
- Anxiety, tension and nervousness are the common symptoms of
depression. They can be easily reduced and prevented with regular
- Stress is reduced; the child becomes calmer and patient.
- Self esteem is enhanced as the child becomes more comfortable
with his own self.
- Child gets a better sleep at night which helps him to wake
fresh and happy. Irritability ensuing from lack of or disturbed sleep is
also lessened and gradually disappears.
- With an alert mind, and a healthier body, his concentration
levels too are improved.
- Not to forget the positive effects exercise has on overall
circulation and functioning of the heart.
- The muscles gets toned and strengthened.
- Exercise helps in the development of bones too and reduces the
build up of body fat.
- All these factors bring about a marked improvement in the
appearance of the child too. He feels happy with his look and body and this
increases his confidence.
those are Helpful for Your Child
You must always decide on the exercise type
and regimen after consulting with your doctor and a trained fitness expert on
what are ideal for your kid. Given below are some common and simple exercises
that are beneficial to the mind and body –
- Brisk walking.
- Jogging at a moderate pace.
- Low impact aerobics.
- Sports that require movement like
football, baseball, basketball, tennis, cricket, badminton, etc.
Finally, even if the child initially
desists from exercising, you need to be patient with him or her. Usually in
depression, the child tries to stay away from any activity. It works best if
you counsel him and enrol him with a training group. It has been found that
exercises when done in groups increase involvement and makes the person more
motivated. So, a positive support from parents is also necessary.