October 23, 2017
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.