Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Stopping Exercises for just three days can cause depression

Ever wondered why all the physically fit people seem so happy? It is just because they have a perfect body? Is there any correlation between being physically fit and being happy?

For those of you who are wondering whether there is any correlation between regular exercising and depression. We are sorry to inform you, yes, there is. A person who is used to work out on a regular basis is more likely to show signs of depression if he or she stops exercising just for three days. Recently, an article published on Mail Online stated that “Depressed people who stop exercising see their depression symptoms worsen in just three days”.



There is a direct correlation between regular workout and depression. A recently conducted study has shown that around 152 out of 160 people who participated in the study have started to show symptoms of depression after giving up on exercise just for three days.

Another study conducted in the University of Adelaide by Ms Julie Morgan on 152 adults showed that more than 140 of these adults started to show mild signs of depression after stopping exercises for just three days. However, after a prolonged period of time, these mild signs of depression became really severe and they had to opt for medical aid.

Other similar studies conducted in the different parts of the world also point towards the same correlation between regular workout and the onset of depression. In fact, psychologists are of the viewpoint that regular workout leaves an individual with very little time or energy to procrastinate or ruminate on negative thoughts and helps in the creation of a positive vibe.

Biological Reasons

Biologically there are several reasons why a person who is used to work out regularly starts to have signs of depression after giving up exercises for just three days.

  • The primary reason is the hormonal imbalance in the person.
  • The hormonal imbalance, in turn, can lead to mood swings in that person as a result, that particular person can start to feel withdrawn.
  • Psychologists are of the opinion that this withdrawal can be seen as the initial phases of depression which can lead to severe stress and anxiety.

Ms Julie Morgan associated with University of Adelaide in her article on the same topic says that “Adequate physical activity and exercise are important for both physical and mental health”. In addition to this, other researches also suggest that there are various biological reasons for the onset of depression after a person who is used to regular workout has stopped exercises for just three days.

Workout and Depression

Depression is one of the most common problems faced by the majority of the current world population at the current moment. As a matter of fact according to a report of the World Health Organization (2017) over 18.1% of the world population which is more than 42 million people from the diverse parts of the world suffer from depression on a regular basis. One of the remedial measures prescribed by the majority of the healthcare professionals for the mitigation of this particular problem is regular workout.

Regular workout has also a direct effect on the confidence level of the individuals. It is generally seen that a person, who exercises regularly, feels more confident than a person who does not. A high level of confidence, in turn, can lead a particular person to feel happier.

On a personal level, I would like to say that the same thing happens with me as well. I usually find myself withdrawn and easily irritable if I stop working out for a few days. It is not just the case with me, I am sure you must also feel the same thing once you stop hitting the gym for a few days, don’t you?

To explain this particular process I would like to give an example which though not totally related to the context, but will easily serve the purpose. Have you ever noticed how children and teenagers who have taken a vacation or have been out of touch with their education for a few days start to lose their interest in studies? In such cases, they had to take assignment help from their friends or others in order to complete their assignments on time.

The same thing can be applied to the genre of exercises as well. Once the people who are used to work out on a regular basis, stop doing that, they start to lose interest as well as their confidence. If it continues for a long time, the person can start to show signs of depression, which can lead to severe consequences if not taken, care of.

Let us just say that exercising and hitting the gym on a regular basis has become a way of life for people like you and me. Thus, when we stop doing it for a few days, we feel like something is missing or in the more appropriate term, we start to feel a void.

Long story short, it has become an indispensable part of our lives. It has a direct correlation with the confidence level and also the way we feel about ourselves. Thus, when we stop hitting the gym for a few days we start to feel withdrawn and this, in turn, leads to depression in the majority of the cases.

Author’s Bio

Ava Smith is a renowned health care expert and specializes in the field of depression. I have completed my PhD from the University of California and worked in the field of healthcare services for more than 10 years. Recently, I have joined as an essay typer.

Mr Messy loves his career and thus has gained a strong foothold in the field of digital marketing. He is compassionate and therefore strongly promotes the ideology of meditation. He is a meditation mentor and voluntarily promotes meditation. He is a passionate reader of science and spirituality and this is the reason he has the most practical fundamentals of leading life.

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