Exercise, as we all know, has many benefits – and it is recognized to have a positive effect on our mind and our moods. It is now a recognized way to improve the symptoms of depression. The best evidence comes from a review by a team of UK researchers, published in the “Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews” that looked at 37 studies that compared exercise with a placebo, medication or psychological counselling.
Across this research, more than 2,000 people with depression found exercise to be as effective as antidepressants and psychological therapies for reducing the symptoms of depression. Researchers noted, however, that there needs to be more detailed research looking at what types of exercise are most helpful for depression, as well as the number and duration of sessions that would help the most.
No matter which way you look at it, exercise is beneficial for the mind as well as the body – as it boosts hormones like endorphins and serotonin….so take a break and take a walk. Your body and your brain will thank you. It may turn out that exercise in the fresh air will be better than taking tablets!
Until next time…