Friday, 21 September 2007

Exercise may help depression just as much as drugs do

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Depressed? Instead of firing up that Prozac or other depression drug this evening, why not form a battle plan to get some daily exercise at the local gym?

New research has concluded that regular exercise may work just as well as many common depression medication in improving those symptoms .

The research involved 202 depressed adults who were followed. Some of those studied went through group-based exercise therapy. The others were treated with an antidepressant drug.

Results? Those in group-based exercise routines fared just as well against their depression symptoms as those on medication. Those who participated in home-based exercise therapy also improved, although to a lesser extent compared to those with the social commitment to a group.

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