Monthly Archives: August 2009

Exercise Therapy For Depression

Scientists at Duke University suggest regular exercise may alleviate the symptoms of depression as effectively as antidepressant medications.  In a recent study, patients age 50 or older with major depressive disorders were tested in three groups: patients taking the antidepressant medications; patients in a supervised exercise program three times a week; and patients taking medications and participating in the exercise group.  At the end of the four-month treatment period, all three had significantly lower rates of depression.

Six months later, those in the exercise group had lower depression relapse rates than those in the other two groups.  The researchers explained that it is possible the exercisers gained a sense of control over their lives that was not experienced by the drug users.  The study does not prove that exercise will relieve depression since group dynamics played a role.  However, it is the beginning of ongoing studies on the role of exercise in general in reliving the symptoms of depression, and particular the type of exercise activities that would be more effective in improving this health condition.  Patient who were taking the medications were experienced a weight gain as a side effect from the medications that was raising risk factors for many disease including hart attack, stroke, diabetes and cancer.

The group of patients on an aerobic exercise with resistance combined with massage, reflexology, and acupressure successfully used the program as a stress management program. It also was more successful when it was used twice or even three times daily. It has been possible because the whole duration of the program was 5.5 minutes. The efficacy of the program has been increased by the use of an aerobic exercise with resistance combined with massage, acupressure, and reflexology in one single system.

Buy Home Fitness Exercise Equipment That Fits You

While selecting home fitness exercise equipment may look simple, there are actually a few factors that you need to consider before you take it home or it arrives at your door.that. The factors that really affect your purchase include:

1. What Are Your Goals?

When purchasing home exercise equipment, the biggest factor is what your fitness goals are, what your current fitness level is, and how much you are willing to spend. With this in mind, prior to simply getting a treadmill, exercise bike or an elliptical trainer you have to ask yourself, “What do I want to accomplish?” Do you desire better muscle toning, muscle building, or cardiovascular health?

Do you want to increase your strength? Are you looking to have more energy throughout the day? If you take the time to answer these questions prior to making a purchase, you are more likely to get the exercise equipment that will meet your needs.

2. What Is Your Budget For Home Fitness Exercise Equipment?

Before you go looking to make a purchase, you should know in advance exactly what you are willing to spend on your home fitness exercise equipment. There are many types of exercise equipment, all with a different price tag.

You can purchase a quality treadmill for anywhere from $1500 to $3500. If you are looking for an elliptical trainer you can expect to spend between $750 and $5000. Stationary bikes of reasonable quality cost between $300 to over $1500. Due to the fact that “you get what you pay for,” you will want to make sure you balance the price you pay with the features and usability you get the model you are choosing.


Just because you have a credit card with a limit high enough to buy $1000 elliptical trainer or a $3000 treadmill, does not mean you can actually afford to buy it. You need to look at your finances completely and determine the amount of money you can spend on your home fitness exercise equipment.

3. How much space do you have?

This is often overlooked. You have to make sure you have enough space for the fitness exercise equipment. Also make sure the exercise equipment will funciton properly in the alloted space. Almost everyone tries the equipment prior to committing to it. However, many people do not think about how much room the fitness equipment will take up. Even though you are in a store and the equipment doesn’t look that big, will it fit in the corner you have available? In order to know for sure, measure what space you have prior to going to the store. (You will want to know how much space the equipment needs whether you have an entire home gym in a room or if you only have a small space to use in your living room.)

4. Make sure you shop around

Do not settle for the first piece of equipment you find. You want to visit 2 or more websites or stores so you can compare the prices and the features of the equipment available. You may also want to do some research online to determine what the average cost and features are available for the equipment you are looking to purchase. Any time you can find a product review, take advantage of reading it.

5. Take into consideration all costs involved.

You will be surprised at how quickly transportation, shipping, installation and other associated costs can add up. Therefore, make sure you calculate all the possible costs prior to buying your home fitness exercise equipment, so you know you can afford every aspect of getting it and having it ready to use.