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Woman DepressedBeyond Blue writes: While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason.

Depression is more than just a low mood – it's a serious illness that has an impact on both physical and mental health.
Depression can affect how you feel about yourself, your work, hobbies and things that you normally enjoy. Lacking energy, sleep problems, irritability, and difficulty concentrating are all common.

Current research shows that undertaking exercise as a treatment for depression both in the short and long term can be equally as effective as medication options. A significant benefit of using exercise in the management of depression is that exercise gives you all the benefits and none of the negative side effects.

Getting regular exercise has so many benefits, it can assist in the management of specific health conditions, but it can also help lift mood, increase energy and improve sleep.

Knowing that exercise is good for your health and well being and putting it into practice though are two completely separate things. Whether it's finding the time, knowing the 'what, when, and how to' or aches and pains or injury that maybe preventing you from enjoying the benefits of regular physical activity, an Exercise Physiologist can help.

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