February 6, 2014 posted by

Exercise To Cure The Blues

Exercise To Cure The Blues

Is there anything in life that exercise doesn’t help with? In the Outside article, The Exercise Prescription for Depression, Erin Berger reports,

Building on previous studies suggesting that exercise could benefit those suffering from depression, researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have suggested a precise aerobic and resistance exercise regimen for people with major depressive disorder (MDD). Following this exercise “prescription” could have anti-depressive effects comparable to medication for some patients.

This is one of the latest of a slew of studies showing that exercise (often combined with diet) is one of the most effective ways of preventing, curing, or living with life-altering ailments. The lesson is something we should already know. Human being’s physical make-up is that of a hunter-gather, where exercise is an essential part of existence. The fact that we can survive without much exercise should be more shocking than the other way around.

The takeaway is that we should move. It doesn’t necessarily matter how. Just move. While moving is the essential key, how you do it can make things easier, which is probably why the qualitative part of the study looks very similar to a Beachbody program.

Trivedi and Rethorst recommend sticking to the plan for at least 10 to 12 weeks to see if it has any effect. And the data they consulted suggests that patients could even see results in as little as four weeks.

Of course, “most individuals will benefit from maintenance treatment,” Farabaugh says. Ongoing exercise is likely to be the most effective form of prevention. “Twelve weeks is a great start, though.” 

Our programs, which have exercise and diet as a common element, are designed to revamp your human machine into proper working order as efficiently as possible. The fact that so many of our customers end up off of medications, free of chronic illnesses, and  living lives they’d never imagined should be obvious. We shouldn’t have to convince the FDA that our programs work or the FTC that our success stories are real. It’s obvious. Move and you life will get better. Period

Of course, it’s always nice to have science backing us up.


  • There’s a great book called Spark by Dr. John Ratey that goes into this in great detail, talking about exercise’s relationship with serotonin, the hormone that boosts moods–or causes depression when it’s too low. Well worth the read.

  • are there any books you haven’t read?

  • Have either of you read any of Simon Sinek’s books or watched recordings of his lectures. I just saw a recording of his presentation at a 99U convention where he in depth discussed the effect chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins that are naturally released by human activity can have one a person’s mood and emotional disposition. It’s definitely worth checking out if you have time!

  • Yes. A book called Rock Climbing Santa Barbara & Ventura. It’s part of the Regional Rock Climbing Series and I’d love to check it out. Do you have a copy?

    • The only reason I know it’s still in print is because I got a $24 royalty check the other day. Not sure if I have a copy. I mean, I wrote the guide so I don’t really need one. The question is, have you read the screenplay to Icarus Descending?

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