May 28, 2022
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Fight depression and anxiety with exercise

Article By
Shiny Justine
International Fitness Coach
Diet and Nutrition Consultant

Here we do have some realistic tips to help you to start exercising and stay motivated.

PCOS is an endocrine disorder that results in symptoms such as depression, anxiety, mood swings, weight gain, irregular menstrual cycles, acne, and infertility in women. Depression is a condition in which a person feels discouraged, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life.

Leading an active lifestyle, in general, may help improve mental health. People with PCOS who reported exercising regularly had fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression and those who are doing at least moderate exercise each week were less likely to be depressed

The Androgen Excess and PCOS Society recommends getting at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day and increasing your activity effort when you can.

Do your best to stick to that schedule. Some women wake up earlier in the morning to work out or try to fit it in during a lunch hour or after work. There is no perfect time to exercise, only when you can make it work consistently.

You may also notice that your self-esteem and body image take a hit, or you experience depression and anxiety from all these physical changes that arise after diagnosis.

But there’s good news! A lot of these signs and symptoms can be improved with a few tweaks to your lifestyle, particularly with cardiovascular exercise and strength training.

Feeling restless, overthinking, being easily fatigued, having difficulty in concentrating, having muscle tension, sleep problems like restlessness or unsatisfying sleep are the symptoms of ANXIETY. All these will affect our mental well-being and will lead to psychological problems.

Remedies to Overcome Depression and Anxiety With Exercises:

  • Exercise Regularly:

Regular exercise may ease depression and anxiety. Exercise has many psychological and emotional benefits too. It can help you to release feel-good endorphins, natural brain chemicals that can enhance your sense of well-being. Taking off your mind from worries can get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts that leads to Depression and Anxiety.

  • Feel Better: 

With the help of a fitness coach or a well-trained fitness trainer it is possible to meet the exercise goals or challenges and of course, you can boost your self-confidence, even by doing lite exercises. . Getting in shape can also make you feel better about your appearance.

  • Socialize with Others:

Get more socially interactive. Going to a gym for physical activity may give you chances to meet or socialize with others in a friendly atmosphere which can help to improve your mood.

  • Stay away from Alcohol:

Drinking alcohol will only make depression worse and harm your brain. Talk to a health professional if you think that you will find it hard to stop drinking.  They can give supportive counselling and services, sometimes a short course of medication can be helpful. Taking this step will boost your mental health and help you to feel better.

  • Consult a Doctor Before Starting a Workout:

Talk to your doctor to find out which activity, how much exercise, and what intensity level is okay for you. He or she may also have helpful advice if you are under medication, it will help you to get started and stay motivated. Exercise and physical activity are always great to ease symptoms of depression and anxiety, but they aren’t a substitute for talk therapy or medications.

  • Be Dedicated:

Prepare for setbacks and obstacles. Give yourself credit for every step in the right direction, no matter how small. If you skip exercise one day, that doesn’t mean you can’t maintain an exercise routine and might as well quit. Just try, try, and try again the next day and stick with it.


* Running is a natural mood booster

* Yoga and Pilates

* Walking

* Outdoor games

* Group activities like aerobics, dance, etc

* Swimming

* Gardening

* Laughing therapy

* Lifting weights will also lift your mood

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