According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), getting regular physical activity can make you less likely to develop depression. Exercising three to five times weekly for 30 to 60 minutes can provide mental health benefits because exercise is a good way to get "out of your head" and focus on moment-to-moment sensations, such as your breathing and movements?
depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain,I am born with it,I walk everywhere everyday and workout with weights, bike, you name it more than the average person and eat well and still have it.Exercise does help for sure and is important but it deosnt stop you from getting depression.
I agree with most of the comments, but must also point out that it often happens that depression becomes a "comfort zone", especially when we don't want to do something. Then we "find it difficult" to drum up the energy to commit to something...
Yes.. after my last severe episode, I got back into the gym..
My psychiatrist has advised me excercise for me is just as important as taking medications..
I went 5 weeks without going to gym, depression and suicidal thoughts came back.
Been back in gym 3 weeks no suicidal thoughts.
Exercise saved me from dealing with a long term depression episode. I was into many months in that deep black hole. I just didn't care anymore. I agree with @A MyDepressionTeam Member about how using depression, medical issues or the current life events as a comfort zone to avoid exercising. I got tired of hearing myself say "I can't" that I knew the only way would be just DO IT! I can't run so I walk,,,, weather is hot, cold or snow. I have fallen down - but I'm limping and get back up. My arthritis flares up so I sit in a chair and move my arms and legs the best I can. My grandkids put me a mood to go out have some fun. I am sore as hell sometimes, but I feel good that I am do something. It's hard but worth it!!!!