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Health Tip: Exercise to Beat the Blues

Exercise benefits your mind as well as your body.
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Whether you've got the blues or major depression, the sweating and heart pounding from exercise can have real benefits.

An exercise program can produce a real decline in depression similar to that seen in antidepressant medications, Irving Kirsch, PhD, tells WebMD.

It's no replacement for treatment prescribed by your doctor, but it just might help.

And the side effects -- more energy, better health, and looking good -- can't hurt.

Reviewed on November 12, 2007

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