Episode 009: Exercise to Reduce Anxiety and Depression
By: Ganel, LCMFT Owner/Principal Therapist

Do you need medication for your anxiety or depression? Do you want to use lifestyle changes and holistic approaches to reduce your symptoms? Medication is one very useful tool for reducing symptoms. However, it’s not right for everyone as many people struggle with finding the right medication and often have side effects that are difficult to live with. Only 10% of all therapists evaluate and support the role fitness and nutrition play in their client’s lives. I’ve been a therapist for 26 years and a fitness coach for 7 years and its long past time I started to combine the two in order to integrate all the parts and support every aspect of your life.

Depression and anxiety, inflammation and exercise are the topic of  podcast episode 009. Learn about the effects of medication versus exercise in treating depression and anxiety and the role inflammation plays in mental health.

You have in your control the ability to reduce anxiety and depression and with the information and the tools offered in this podcast you can be on your way to feeling better, and improving your relationships because of it.

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Research cited in today’s episode:

Salmon, P. (2001) Effects of Physical Exercise on Anxiety, Depression, and Sensitivity to Stress: A unifying theory. Clinical Psychology Review 21, 33-61

Hanson CJ, Stevens LC, Coast JR (2001) Exercise Duration and Mood State: How Much is Enough to Feel Better? Health Psychology 20, 267-275

Neilan, T.G. et al. (2006). Myocardial Injury and Ventricular Dysfunction Related to Training Levels Among Nonelite Participants in the Boston Marathon. Circulation. 2006; 114: 2325-2333

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