Exercise four days a week and take food....
Another article from James Fell. I like the dry comments: "...strong circumstantial evidence..."
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"We found that there was a slight effect in favor of exercise," Cooney told me. "There are some promising findings, but these need to be read with caution. The effect size is not that marked." Cooney stated that he was keeping an open mind and that he recommends exercise to patients for myriad health reasons.
But, he added, "I wouldn't be able to comment that there is data to support it as prescriptive practice for depression. It remains quite speculative."
This is in line with a review by researchers at the University of Cagliari in Italy that was published last July in Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, which states that there is a "persistent lack of high quality research" but still asserts there are "promising findings."
Cooney agrees to there being strong circumstantial evidence to support the connection. "There are relations between levels of serotonin and cortisol with depression, and these are hormones that are also affected by exercise." There is also a connection with self-confidence and self-esteem. Being a regular exerciser can enhance one's sense of control over life.
Church says exercise has a combination of beneficial physiological effects — meaning exercising has a direct effect on brain chemistry and psychology.
"Just the fact that they feel good about doing something that is good for them is powerful," he said.
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Read the rest of the article here:
And while I'm on the topic of depression - here are more articles on fat shaming, on how we get so negative on ourselves, because of the fat shaming, fat bigotry etc going on all around us:
This is a cool video from a Dr. Mike Evans, graphically illustrated by Liisa Sorsa (I *love* her way of illustrating concepts!!)
Much later. So I've been on the computer all day and seen some cool articles that I want to save for later. Then I need to go push the vacuum around (while it is connected to the electricity and actively sucking up crud) so I can work up a sweat. I read about the Canadian cereal called "Holy Crap" - not exactly appetizing a name, but the ingredients sound good...
and it's on SparkRecipes too, tadah!
Now I really got to get busy. It's cold. I should go for another walk. I went yesterday, so not sure why I'm being a wuss about going today. It's just as cold, not really any colder, not any more or less snow then what we had yesterday.
Oh and I need to do laundry, which means I have to hook the hose up to the water outlet hose on the washer and stick the other end into the toilet next to the laundry, because the pipe that normally handles the water draining hose outdoors gets frozen whenever temps are below oh about 10-20 degrees F. The plumber dude said, "oh just take the sheet rock off and the room temp will be warm enough to prevent it from freezing." Wrong. We may need to retrofit it with some sort of heat tape, but that's another project for another day. Maybe one comping up soon, when my husband has to go on winter break furlough (instead of saving his vacation days for the times we actually want and need to use vacation days.).