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The Power of Movement: Workouts to Combat Depression, Anxiety, and ADHD

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In today's fast-paced world, mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety, and ADHD are becoming increasingly prevalent. While therapy and medication are essential components of treatment, physical activity has emerged as a potent ally in managing and even alleviating some of these conditions. This blog post delves into the transformative power of specific workouts and how they can help individuals navigate the turbulent waters of mental health.

1. Yoga: The Ancient Practice with Modern Benefits

How it Helps: Yoga, with its emphasis on mindfulness and controlled breathing, can be a sanctuary for those battling anxiety and depression. The practice encourages self-awareness, grounding, and a connection between the mind and body.

Specific Poses for Mental Health:

2. Cardiovascular Exercise: Running, Cycling, and Swimming

How it Helps: Cardio workouts, like running or cycling, release endorphins—natural mood lifters3. They can be particularly beneficial for ADHD, as they help in burning off excess energy and improving concentration.

Tips for Starting:

3. Strength Training: Building Mental and Physical Resilience

How it Helps: Lifting weights can be therapeutic for those with depression. The act of pushing oneself, setting goals, and achieving them can boost self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment.

Effective Routines:

4. Dance: Express, Release, and Heal

How it Helps: Dance is not just a physical workout; it's an emotional release. It allows individuals to express feelings that might be too challenging to articulate. For those with anxiety, the rhythmic movements can be soothing.

Types of Dance to Consider:

5. Tai Chi and Qigong: The Art of Moving Meditation

How it Helps: Both Tai Chi and Qigong are about harmonizing the body and mind. Their slow, deliberate movements can help in reducing anxiety and improving focus, making them suitable for ADHD and anxiety sufferers.

Getting Started:

6. Nature Walks and Hiking: Reconnect with the Earth

How it Helps: Being in nature has a calming effect on the mind. The act of walking or hiking can be meditative, helping to clear the mind and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.



While workouts can be a powerful tool in managing depression, anxiety, and ADHD, it's essential to remember that they are a part of a holistic approach. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise regimen. Embrace the journey, celebrate small victories, and remember: every step, stretch, or dance move is a step towards better mental health.




  1. The Link Between Exercise and Mental Health

  2. Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

  3. Endorphins and Exercise

  4. Exercise and ADHD ↩

  5. Strength Training and Mental Health

  6. Dance Therapy for Mental Health

  7. Tai Chi and Mental Health ↩

  8. Nature and Mental Health

  9. Exercise: When to Check with Your Doctor First ↩

JAZZ Dr. Jaswinderjit Singh Dr. Jaswinderjit Singh, MD, who treats patients in and around Valley Stream, New York, at Jazz Psychiatry, takes a holistic approach to psychiatry, believing that successfully treating a person’s disorders involves more than dealing with their mental health.

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