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A little snow can't stop these Manitobans from getting some exercise.

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A little snow can't stop these Manitobans from getting some exercise.

It's great news that the Canadian Mental Health Association's Be Well Winnipeg campaign (A few smiles a day keep depression away, April 29) will be promoting mental-health awareness throughout May.

Little steps, such as smiling or "working to declutter a living space to reduce stress," are definitely helpful. However, speaking from personal experience, the greatest anti-depressant is regular and vigorous daily exercise, which allows for the release of toxic negative energy.

We inhabit these prehistoric bodies designed to be continually on the move, hunting, fishing and gathering. So being physically inactive is an open invitation to the deep, deadly misery of depression.

The point is not to take depression lying down nor allow it to take root, but to walk, run, swim, do aerobics, dance, take up martial arts and weightlifting -- anything that helps you breathe freely again and truly enjoy the sunshine in the merry month of May.

BRIAN MACKINNON

Winnipeg

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 3, 2013 A8

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