Dr. Henry Emmons likes to take what he sees as the best of western and holistic psychiatry and apply it to raising your sense of well-being. He strongly recommends exercise and physical movement in general to increase health and to enhance mood.
Blood flow is better, metabolism is enhanced and mental focus becomes sharper and clearer. Research shows that exercise can relieve depression better than exercise with antidepressants. Exercise on its own gave better results.
(Transcribed from video interview)
Exercise does just about everything good that you would want for your body.
I tell this even to people who do have maybe a more severe depression and need to take medication because exercise, just movement, let’s just say collar movement, it improves blood flow to the brain.
It improves metabolism so that even the metabolism of the drug is improved and generally it will help the medication work better at a lower dose so you can even get the dose reduced.
So it really does everything. It does nothing negative so long as you don’t do it so hard that you injure yourself as some of us are wont to do.
But exercise, you know it improves blood flow, metabolism, energy, mental focus, people who have had long-term stress and then they develop some memory or concentration problems, it will help correct that.
It helps the brain start to re-grow new cells and helps them extend and connect better with other cells.
It’s kind of like a fertilizer, if you think of it that way. It’s like a brain fertilizer and it helps those brain cells stay healthy and connect with each other in healthier ways.
There is so much research that shows exercise to be helpful for depression that you’d have to wonder how anybody can still get funding to do more research because it’s been shown over and over and over again throughout the last probably 30 years that exercise is an effective treatment for depression.
Now, obviously it doesn’t work for everyone. There’s people who are well-conditioned athletes who still get depressed or anxious.