As we get older, our activity levels often decrease and may lead to poor mental health. Exercise is one method that can assist in providing both physical and mental changes.
There are quite a few exercise programs on the go that are using strength and weight training programs in order to treat mental health and these are having good results. Drugs have often been used in the past to treat mental health. However, these don’t always work, are expensive, have side effects and may lead to dependency. Now there is more emphasis on exercise and nutrition. There is growing evidence that depression comes as you reduce activity and lose strength and conditioning. Regaining body function encourages a positive outlook on life. Some say that we live in a community which treats declining mental health as an acceptable component of the aging process. In general, depression is treatable but poorly recognized in the elderly by both the medical community and the elderly themselves. Research indicates that exercise can have the same or better results with depression as drugs. Our Clinics provide small group training in the gym, pool or pilates to help combat depression and physical changes as we age. Programs are designed around specific needs and in a safe and supervised environment which caters for other medical needs. We would also recommend a full assessment by a therapist prior to commencing an individualized program.
Remember that severe depression may need to be treated with a combination of treatments such as medication, counseling, exercise etc.