Clinical depression can leave a person feeling like they're being held down - not just by a lack of motivation - but a heavy physical lethargy. Depression can cause a person to have an overwhelming sense of melancholy, erectile dysfunction, weight loss and reoccurring feelings of anxiety. If you're suffering from depression, exercise is probably one of the last things on your mind. But, exercise can be very, very useful in treating depression. And, it's easier than you think to get both the psychological and physiological benefits that come from a healthy exercise routine.
Clinical depression could have a seriously debilitating effect on a man's life. The fatigue, anxiety and overall inability to experience joy in the simplest things in life can be a crippling problem. Luckily for many, antidepressant medications have been very effective in treating the debilitating symptoms of depression. At the same time, anti-depressant medications could also come with sexual side effects such as lowered libido, difficulty reaching orgasm and erectile dysfunction (ED).
Although it's far from a miracle cure, exercise seems to give both body and mind just about everything it lacks when someone is suffering from depression. Exercise raises your endorphin levels or your "feel good brain chemicals." Athletes are always talking about the feelings of euphoria they get after working out and long-distance marathon runners always talk of a "runner's high." Those are all due to the hard work of endorphins.
Exercise is also great at reducing anxiety levels and creating a positive outlook on life. Many people with depression, who after a bit of exercise start to notice themselves dropping a few pounds or generally improving their physical appearance, can gain self confidence and esteem, which works to ward off the feelings of uselessness often associated with depression
Depression is a major health issue and, of course, you should talk to a doctor about any course of treatment you are interested in taking. After you've done that, you'll find that getting into a positive exercise routine is really fun and can help you get back the lust for life you previously thought was robbed by depression.