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What do studies show about exercise and depression?

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One study that involved 80 adults with mild to moderate major depression found that three sessions of heart-pumping activity each week for 12 weeks worked about as well as medication in easing depression symptoms. The researchers also found that after 10 months, people who exercised were much less likely to relapse than people who took medicine. In another study, three to five aerobic workouts per week cut mild to moderate depression symptoms nearly in half.

SOURCES: 

Babyak, M. et al, Psychosomatic Medicine, 2000. 

Dunn, A., American Journal of Preventive Medicine, January 2005.

Blumenthal J, Archives of Internal Medicine, 1999. 

Bourne, E, The Anxiety & Phobia Work Book, Third Edition, New Harbinger Publications, 2000. 

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance web site.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on December 09, 2017

SOURCES: 

Babyak, M. et al, Psychosomatic Medicine, 2000. 

Dunn, A., American Journal of Preventive Medicine, January 2005.

Blumenthal J, Archives of Internal Medicine, 1999. 

Bourne, E, The Anxiety & Phobia Work Book, Third Edition, New Harbinger Publications, 2000. 

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance web site.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on December 09, 2017

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