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Exercise May Boost Mood for Chronically Ill

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness at 7:30 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A recent study shows that regular exercise may help fight depression, fatigue, and anxiety in patients with chronic illnesses such as cancer, COPD, heart disease, fibromyalgia, pain and obesity.

In the report, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers believe that working out regularly may brighten the mood of people facing this kind of adversity. The results of the study meet The American Psychiatric Association guidelines, which recommend regular exercise against the blues. Researchers have combined 90 previous studies including more than 10,000 people with health problems like cancer, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. In each study, people were randomly chosen to exercise, on average three times a week over a period of 17 weeks.

The results shows that people’s depressive symptoms have dropped about 22 percent with exercise overall, and similar results were found to the effects on fatigue, anxiety, pain and other mental health outcomes. The type of the physical activity was classified as “moderate”, such as a moderate intensity 20-minutes walk.

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One Response to “Exercise May Boost Mood for Chronically Ill”

  1. Sandy says:

    I didn’t think anyone understood my pain. They tried to convince me that some of it was in my head. Huh, what do they know! I’m the one in this body. But I can vouch for this. I suffer from fibromyalgia, but thought it was just pain from working too hard and sitting at work too much. After being sent for rehab. for 16 weeks, I could not believe the difference. I no longer had lower back pain and I could lift my arms above my head with little to no pain. I started out walking about ten minutes a day and ended the program going four miles. I would work until I could feel the pain. Hurts so good! I did streatches and weights, too. I started with one pound weights and ended with five. But this must be continued. If I stop for too long I can feel the pain and stiffness coming back. My advice? Push yourself. Talk to yourself and tell your body not to sit down, walk. Don’t lay down, walk. If you are sitting and watching TV then lift soup cans, do streatches. Good Luck!

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