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How can I get started with exercise if I have depression?

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Take simple steps to get into a new exercise routine.

  • Start slow, with a few minutes or more on a few days of the week. Slowly add more time and days. Pick something you enjoy, ideally with other people. Get more everyday physical activity. Work it into your daily routine whenever and wherever you can. Break it up. You can do shorter workouts throughout the day if one longer session is too much.

SOURCES: 

Babyak, M. et al, Psychosomatic Medicine, 2000. 

Dunn, A., American Journal of Preventive Medicine, January 2005.

Blumenthal J, Archives of Internal Medicine, 1999. 

Bourne, E, The Anxiety & Phobia Work Book, Third Edition, New Harbinger Publications, 2000. 

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance web site.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on December 09, 2017

SOURCES: 

Babyak, M. et al, Psychosomatic Medicine, 2000. 

Dunn, A., American Journal of Preventive Medicine, January 2005.

Blumenthal J, Archives of Internal Medicine, 1999. 

Bourne, E, The Anxiety & Phobia Work Book, Third Edition, New Harbinger Publications, 2000. 

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance web site.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on December 09, 2017

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