Moderate-intensity exercise, or even just walking, can improve quality of life for depressed middle-aged women, a large Australian study suggests.
From Scientific American.
The fact that this is news is evidence of the massive failure of our culture to recognize reality: Your brain is a part of your body. Take the consequences of this fact seriously.
I was once a hardcore depressed person, far worse than most people who claim to be. But a combination of over 20 years of physical training and nearly 2 decades of meditation has completely transformed both my body AND my brain.
I’m not a “depressed person” anymore — I’m just a person. None of this is mysterious. There is ample research to support it. If you have depression, and you’re not exercising, you’re being a fool.
Don’t settle for walking!
Find something that is physically HARD, but that you also find FUN, and train your tail off like a kid on the playground. For me that was strength sports. For you it might be running, or soccer, or cycling, or climbing trees like a monkey. Who cares.
And while you’re at it, start meditating — I suggest that you begin with my Watching the Pot Boil beginner meditation exercise.
Now go lift something heavy,