Countless studies have suggested that exercise is an effective treatment for mild depression. Here are some ways to boost the benefits of exercise as a tool to beat the blues:
1) Go for a walk with a friend: by doing so you combine the benefits of social support and exercise. You do not have to tell your friend you are depressed.
2)Do some gardening or cleaning: if you have a house, mown that loan, prune those trees, cultivate those colorful flowers. If you live in an apartment, clean the fridge or the bedroom, and get a few plants to add the mood lifting benefits of a splash of color
3)Take your dog for a walk: studies suggest that people who have a pet tend to have lower risks of cardiovascular disease and a better mood.
-Eliana Bonaguro MHC