Before you take pills, use exercises to tackle depression.

The cases of depression (especially in today’s youth) are increasing. In fact, the generation of pre-school education is the fastest-growing segment of the population to be clinically diagnosed with depression.

We place the blame wherever we can – at our workplace, at bullying, or in our tight schedules. But what we really need to do is find a solution to an epidemic that is engulfing the nation at an alarming rate.

Some people do not want to medicate their mood or that of their children. Depression will happen to anyone at some point in life. Whether you need external help depends on how well you can manage the situation.

Instead of going to the doctor every time your mood runs out, try using movement to produce serotonin (the feel-good hormones) and see if you can use a natural approach to achieve your goals.

Although it is considered a fundamental part of our lives, exercise is often an alternative remedy for conditions such as depression, as it is normal in today’s society to numb and make the problem disappear.

When depression takes root, you may find it harder to use movement and practice as a mood enhancer. Many people who are depressed feel listless and prefer to get used to their current situation.

But a little practice goes a long way. Although it is a “runner’s high”, you don’t have to hit the sidewalk at a fast pace to get the benefits of endorphin-driven movements.

Running, strength training and other forms of exercise can all help to release endorphins in your body. Not only does it work as a stress reliever, but it also provides pain relief because it excludes pain signals from your nervous system.

Because your endorphins support your increased state of mind, they also help you build your immune system so that you stay healthy and happier for longer. You may still need to consult your doctor if your depression continues to increase.

But even if he or she gives you medication to control the situation, you can still benefit from the analgesic effect that endorphin release has on your body every time you get off the couch and get your body moving!