If the European Psychiatric Agency and the WHO recommend regular physical activity, it is because sport has a real impact on depression. Three one-hour sessions are enough to reduce the symptoms and avoid the risk of recurrence.
What is the action of physical activity on the brain?
If many studies have demonstrated the benefit of physical activity in people suffering from depression, it is because it has a demonstrated interest in a structure called “Hippocampus”, which is involved in particular in memory and memory processes. spatial orientation.
Practicing a sport regularly activates not only the Hippocampus but also certain areas of the brain to reduce symptoms but also prevent their appearance for years. Physical activity thus acts on motivation, anxiety, emotions and self-confidence.
What physical activity is recommended?
If all physical activities are possible, the important thing is to find the one that allows you to maintain long-term motivation. Whether it’s walking, running, cycling, swimming or dancing, combining it with resistance exercises such as muscle strengthening or sheathing for at least 150 minutes per week, divided into two to three sessions, is of real interest. on mental and physical health.
Source : Kvam S, Kleppe CL, Nordhus IH, Hovland A. Exercise as a treatment for depression: A meta-analysis. J Affect Disorder. 2016 Sep 15;202:67-86.