August 23, 2014
Exercise Away Depression?
Wellness Tip

Exercise Away Depression?

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

Exercise can reduce depression in many people and may even help prevent it in the first place, two recent reviews have confirmed.

An analysis by the independent Cochrane Col­laboration, based on 35 studies, concluded that exercise is moderately effective for reducing depressive symptoms, often as useful as medi­cation or psychological therapy. It may help in many ways, notably by affecting neurotrans­mitters that influence mood, by providing a sense of control and ac­­complishment, and by serving as a distraction from anxieties.

The sec­ond review, in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, in­­cluded 25 studies and found that people who exercise regularly, even at low levels (such as walking or gardening), are less likely to subsequently develop depression.