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Exercise for Depression: How It Helps

Being physically active should be part of depression treatment, experts say.

Your Brain on Exercise continued...

And a more hopeful and motivated brain is just what Anita needed in order for her to begin making her way out of her depression.

“I think the workout/therapy sessions helped me move through times of being stuck or anxious more quickly,” Anita says. “I took up running on my own, and I credit the gentle but consistent talk/workout sessions with helping me reach this goal of health and fitness.”

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Reviewed on February 16, 2012

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