Posted by bulldog2 on November 27, 2009, at 16:49:11
In reply to Re: I'm an exercise skeptic, posted by morganator on November 27, 2009, at 15:03:31
> I agree that very severe depressives may not be able to exercise or even benefit much from it if they do. That said, I believe that if symptoms are relieved considerably and some depression and anxiety still exists, exercise help tremendously.
> Scott, why not try cardiovascular exercise? I believe that is the type of exercise that really helps and creates changes in our brain chemistry. Again, I can not emphasize enough the benefits of intense exercise for those that are at a point where they can do it.
I agree with part of what you are saying that exercise can benefit those who are already recovering. But one has to be careful about the intensity of the exercise and the severity of the exercise. One has to find exercise that helps one recover and rebuild. If one's exercise plan is to intensive you risk sending the person back into the pits of depression.Remember that the depressed person is dealing with a lack of pyschic energy and the last thing you want is to deplete that energy.
Now this does not deal with depression but maybe makes my point. I recently had a hip replacement operation. Rehab was almost like learning to walk again as if one was a child learning to walk. To much intensity could have damaged the leg.