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Prescribing Physical Activity to Combat Blue Monday

January 16, 2012 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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Blue Monday is upon us and it's my goal to provide you with some education and motivation to combat blue Monday with one of the best medicines out there! Yup that's correct, we're talking about physical activity!

Interestingly enough, physicians and scientists are starting to catch on to the overwhelming importance and contributing benefits of physical activity towards health, well-being and overall quality of life! As a result, I have seen an increase in physical activity prescription from primary health care practitioners to assist with the treatment and prevention of a wide range of health conditions and disorders.

Relating to depression, a study that was recently published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry showed that individuals who were prescribed physical activity instead of a second drug to deal with their depression had equal to or better outcomes than relying on more medication! AMAZING!

All in all, this research shows the power of prescribing physical activity to prevent and treat mental health disorders. The Healthy Families BC Team fully understands the importance of physical activity prescription and we encourage you to call the Physical Activity Line (1-877-725-1149) to receive FREE guidance today!!!

So get out there this Blue Monday and MOVE!

References & Resources:

New York Times Health Blog: Prescribing Physical Activity to Treat Depression

The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry: Exercise as an augmentation treatment for non remitted major depressive disorder: a randomized, parallel dose comparison.

Keep Positive, Keep Smiling, and KEEP MOVING!

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