May 24, 2012 12:28 ET

Get Moving for Better Mental Health

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - Can a daily walk improve your mood? Will riding your bike or signing up for a yoga class make you feel better both physically and mentally? Yes, according to most studies on exercise and depression, being mobile and engaging in fitness activities is good for everyone. But for some people with moderate to severe major depression, aerobic exercise may result in a substantial improvement of their symptoms in a short time, according to several studies.i

Whether it's the physiological benefits of exercise that include changes in the concentrations of biologically active molecules such as: cortisol, catecholamines, opioid peptides, and cytokineii iii - all of which are associated with stress - or because the patients are taking an active role in trying to get better, it appears that brisk exercise for 30 minutes three times a week is good for both mind and body. This is especially true for older people.


With Canada's first national Mental Health Strategy stating: "When it comes to mental health and well-being we are all the same - there is no us and them," it recognizes that mental health is everyone's issue, not just for those who are diagnosed with depression. Families and friends are impacted as well, and it often falls upon family members to help their loved ones engage in fitness activities that will improve their health - both physically and mentally.

The Canadian Mental Health Association advises that, "Regular physical activity improves psychological well-being and can reduce depression and anxiety. Joining an exercise group or a gym can also reduce loneliness, since it connects you with a new set of people sharing a common goal." The World Health Organization says "exercise programs for seniors help to improve life satisfaction and positive mood and to reduce psychological distress and depressive symptoms.iv"

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MobilizeCanada is the national communications hub of the Canadian Orthopaedic Care Strategy Group. It informs the 45-plus age group about Canada's mobility crisis while offering practical solutions to maintain mobility and motivate healthy changes. The goal is to improve the quality of life as Canadians age while making the most efficient and beneficial use of our healthcare system.





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i Dimeo F, Bauer M, Varahram I, Proest G, Halter U. Benefits from aerobic exercise in patients with major depression: a pilot Br J Sports Med 2001;35:114-117 doi:10.1136/bjsm.35.2.114

ii McArdle WD, Katch FI, Katch VL. Exercise physiology. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1996.

iii Verde TJ. Short-term exercise and immune function. In: Watson RR, Eisinger M, eds. Exercise and disease. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1992:71-88

iv World Health Organization, Promoting Mental Health, 2004

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