Fitness Formation column

Ryan Donohue.

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There is nothing more depressing than having it all and still feeling sad.

Some of us may know someone suffering from depression.

Some who are reading this may have depression. This subject was thrust into the light this week with the sad news of the suicide of Robin Williams.

Regarded as one of the most gifted comics in the history of entertainment, the world looked on at a man who could make people smile without opening his mouth.

A man who had it all. But a man who was battling constantly against demons he struggled to control.

Many people who suffer from depression will attempt to fight it on their own without help or guidance.

Many will hide it from the people around them who can help them the most.

Sometimes people may feel down when surrounded by friends. Their brain playing a dangerous game of Russian roulette with their emotions.

This is where fitness and wellbeing can benefit those suffering with depression. Exercise releases endorphins, a chemical that triggers a positive feeling in the body, giving that feeling of euphoria.

It helps to reduce stress and boost self-esteem.

It will help to improve sleep and feelings of anxiety.

Exercise is an often underestimated and underused treatment for forms of depression. The strong social support a group environment can provide can give you that emotional help that you need.

Exercise of the most moderate intensity can help to reduce the symptoms of depression.

Firstly, you need to decide what activities you enjoy.

Establish a series of personal goals and pursue them one by one.

Decide what type of environment you like to train within whether that be on a one to one basis or in a group exercise scenario.

Try to exercise for around 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week or start from a point that you feel comfortable with and can build up to.

Once you establish a routine, stick with it.

Whether you train with a friend or a group it will soon become an essential part of your everyday schedule.

Above all else, though, remember that exercise should be fun.