Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States today. This growing mental health issue can take away a person’s quality of life, deteriorate their motivation, eliminate their joy, and even drive a person towards suicide. It is prominent, dangerous, and effects about 17.3 million American adults each year. Not only that, but depression and anxiety make an individual 64% more likely to develop coronary heart disease. 
 
There are many options for depression treatment, including counseling, medication, ketamine infusions, and psychotherapy. These treatment options, especially ketamine infusions, are highly-effective for alleviating the symptoms of depression. Researchers, however, are now focusing their studies on how to prevent mental health disorders from developing at all. Even without considering the personal attributes of an individual that are out of a doctor or researcher’s control—for example, genetics—factors such as lifestyle, diet, and physical fitness may play a huge role in the prevention of mental health disorders. Researches believe that through these factors, they may have found the key to reducing the amount of people affected by these daunting mental disorders. 
 
The connection between exercise and depression has been known for some time, but now there is evidence to back up those theories. Medical News Today recently reported on a research study performed by Aaron Kandola of the University College of London about cardiovascular fitness and its correlation with mental health risk. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
 
Based on their findings, Kandola states that, “incremental increases in the cardiorespiratory fitness group were associated with proportional decreases in associated risk of new onset common mental health disorders.”  In layman’s terms, the more cardio an individual performs, the less likely they are to develop depression. 
 
To learn more about their meta-analysis follow this link: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326005.php
 
We are hoping that this study gathers the interest and attention of other researchers, and that more studies will follow. The more information we gather on the topics of mental health, the better equipped we are to help those people who are suffering. And so the saying goes, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
 
All of that being said, get out there and go for a run around the lake before work, plan a bicycle ride to meet up with friends, or consider taking a long walk after lunch to get your heart rate up!
 
Of course, cardio alone won’t solve severe cases of depression. If you are suffering, please keep ketamine infusions at the forefront of your mind. Ketamine infusions are best used for people who have tried everything—people who suffer from treatment-resistant depression. As one of the leading ketamine clinics in southern New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia area, RestoratIV Wellness has seen ketamine change the lives of our patients. The results are rapid-acting, long-lasting and highly effective. If you are interested in learning more about ketamine, call our clinic for your free consultation, or use the brief form below to contact us.