Thursday, December 22, 2005

It IS like a drug!

". . . researchers found that adults who participated in a three-month rigorous exercise program experienced a decline in depressive symptoms about as great as they would have experienced had they received standard depression treatment, such as antidepressant medication."

11 comments:

Lynne said...

TRUE. I had postpartum depression with both my kids and finally went on meds after the second was born and I felt that 'feeling'... I decided when I started marathon training that I would self-ween. So far so good. I have been med free for a month and aside from the usual holiday madness I am feeling just fine!

Steven said...

I also think that exercise and a healthy life-style are as addictive as any drug, too. I know I know I need my daily hit!

trifit said...

I agree. Regular exercise just makes me feel so much better. I stopped getting migraines too.

*jeanne* said...

I began running again when I lived in NYC because I was trying to get myself out of a mild depression. You really DO have to experience the endorphins to understand them!

Keryn said...

Good to know...I'm working on it. I swear!

Bolder said...

hmmm... i'm in week 7, only 5 weeks to happiness! wooohoooooo!!

imagine me happy, be very very scared...

bunnygirl said...

I read about some studies they've done on that. It makes sense. We weren't designed to lie around on sofas clicking remotes all day long. ;-)

jessie_tri_mn said...

It's certainly my drug of choice :)

Without exercise, I'm certain I'd need a cupboard full of meds!

The Big Cheese said...

So where is this Exercise I read about? Do you know a good dealer?

Cliff said...

I get that runner's high after a good 3 hr jog. I felt so relax. Kinda like cats with their catnip...

Phil said...

That quote is so true. It is definately an addictive drug too, with serious withdrawal side-effects!

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