BLUE EX­ER­CISE

Health & Fitness - - Workout Inspiration -

Ex­er­cise is of­ten pro­moted as a healthy way to boost hap­pi­ness lev­els. It re­leases feel-good hor­mones, such as en­dor­phins, in­creases en­ergy lev­els and re­duces feel­ings of stress or anx­i­ety. It’s so well recog­nised as a form of ther­apy that The Na­tional In­sti­tute for Health and Care Ex­cel­lence (NICE) rec­om­mends that those suf­fer­ing from mild to mod­er­ate de­pres­sion should clock three, 45- to 60-minute ex­er­cise ses­sions a week for 10-14 weeks. Sounds good? Well, there’s a curve­ball. Re­cent re­search from the Univer­sity of Portsmouth sug­gests that the mood-boost­ing ben­e­fits of ex­er­cise may run out for those who work out at a high level. In fact, the sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered that elite ath­letes are just as likely to suf­fer from de­pres­sion as those who don’t do any sport. ‘There are a num­ber of rea­sons elite ath­letes might suf­fer from de­pres­sion – the de­mands of com­pe­ti­tion and train­ing, deal­ing with in­jury and re­cov­ery, and the in­creas­ing pres­sure to win,’ ex­plains lead re­searcher, Dr Paul Gor­czyn­ski. So give your­self a pat on the back and al­low your­self some time off from your train­ing.

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