An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. Henry David Thoreau
In Week Two of the Depression & Anxiety Recovery Program Dr Nedley reviews the importance of exercise. His research shows that at least 30 minutes of exercise for 10 days is the minimum it takes to begin to see results. He recommends an hour. For many of us, getting to an hour will take some time and patience with ourselves and our bodies.
Research has shown that exercise can be as effective as medication but without cost and side effects. I've included some links below from reliable sources about the impact of exercise on depression and anxiety.
Here's something to try: The most important thing is to start. If that means you walk up and down the stairs twice instead of just once to get your teenage son out of bed before school that's a start. Get something that tracks your steps, an app, a device. Make a commitment with a friend to walk together. Reward yourself by listening to that favorite book, podcast, or TV show. (The only way I was able to successfully train for a long distance run? It's the only time I allowed myself to watch my favorite TV show!) Group classes. YouTube Videos can be fabulous.
Here are a few links to check out in regards to exercise and mental health: