Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Exercise Decreases Depressive Symptoms

The Blogger and a therapeutic goalkick for emotional well being
We have all heard that exercise is good for cardiovascular health, weight control, etc, but there is growing evidence that exercise can impact emotional well being.

Here is an article recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The authors performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of all related exercise and chronic illness randomized controlled trials. 

Exercise programs decreased depressive symptoms by 30%. Patients with mild -moderate depressive symptoms achieved the largest antidepressant effects.

For those of us addicted to exercise, we must now press on, for the sake of physical well being and, extrapolating liberally from this study, for 'preventive' emotional health.

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