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Feeling Down and Out? Try Exercising More

By Stephen R. Farris

Have you ever felt like things just never go your way in life? You work hard at your job and still get passed over for someone else when a promotion comes up, or every time you go through the drive-thru at your neighborhood fast food joint, they always seem to mess up your order. The downside is, you usually don't discover the mistake until you get home. How many times can you get "no sour cream" wrong when you order that combo burrito?

Maybe you're the type that wakes up first thing in the morning, grab your cell phone and quickly check the news feeds on your social media accounts. An hour later, you can hardly wait to pick up the phone and check them again. The thing is, you're not really looking for anything in particular, but rather you feel the need to keep a check on any and everything happening around you. When you hit a dead patch in the internet ozone it drives you crazy, so much so that you search for other avenues to get "connected."

If either of these scenarios describes you, chances are you may suffer from a type of depression or anxiety. The good news is, you can help yourself escape these feelings with a little help from daily exercise.

Indoors or Outdoors?

Researchers conducted a study with people who had either depression or anxiety. They split the two groups equally, with one part of the study doing exercise activities indoors and the other, outdoors. They found that the group that exercised outdoors showed more improvement than those who did the same activities indoors. Sometimes you just have to get outside and take in some fresh air, relax and enjoy yourself.

Other Findings

Humans are geared to move. That's the way it has been since early mankind evolved. The more we just sit around, letting our thoughts take over, the more we tend to get depressed and feel anxious about things. That's why it's important to exercise; keep our bodies in motion, however, you don't want to overdo it. At least 150 minutes per week is advised by the World Health Organization, doctors and researchers. 

If you're experiencing anxiety or depression, talk with your local chiropractor to see what tips or suggestions they can offer to help return you to better overall health. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Southlake, Tex.

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