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How can exercise help in recovering from depression?

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Studies show that regular exercise can improve your mood and help you sleep better. When you start an exercise program, take it slowly at first. You could begin with walks around the neighborhood with a friend. Gradually work up to exercising on most days of the week. Try out different activities to find ones that you really enjoy. Doing things you like to do and having other people involved may help you stick with a regular exercise routine.

SOURCES: American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Babyak, M. et al., , 2000. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Food and Mood," "Healthy Lifestyles," "Guide to Depression and Bipolar Disorder, 2002." Fochtmann, L.J. and Gelenberg, A.J., , Winter, 2005. National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Seasonal Affective Disorder." National Institutes of Mental Health: "Depression." National Mental Health Association: "Depression: What You Need To Know."






Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major DepressionPsychosomatic MedicineFocus

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

SOURCES: American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Babyak, M. et al., , 2000. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Food and Mood," "Healthy Lifestyles," "Guide to Depression and Bipolar Disorder, 2002." Fochtmann, L.J. and Gelenberg, A.J., , Winter, 2005. National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Seasonal Affective Disorder." National Institutes of Mental Health: "Depression." National Mental Health Association: "Depression: What You Need To Know."






Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major DepressionPsychosomatic MedicineFocus

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

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