Thursday, 15 November 2007

Exercise may compliment antidepressants

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A few of us here at That's Fit have talked about the damaging effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), referencing such treatments as light therapy and antidepressant medications. What researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stokholm have also found is that exercise can be almost just as effective a form of treatment as those mentioned.

Exercise, similarly to antidepreessants, increases the formation of cells in the region of the brain affected by depression. This not only applies for Seasonal Affective Disorder, but for depression of almost any kind. What's more, if you are already taking antidpressants, it appears as though exercising will compliment the effects of the medication.

So, if you're feeling a little down in the dumps lately, try throwing on a pair of sweats and going for a brisk walk.

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