What type of exercise helps depression?

Dr. Allen discusses exercise that helps depression. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Various studies in the last few decades have shown exercise to be addition to or substitute for antidepressant medications, according to Harvard Medical SchoolOff Site   Icon.

One of the studies indicated that aerobic activities – such as brisk walking for 35 minutes a day, five days a week, or an hour a day three times a week – made a marked difference on mild to moderate depression symptoms, according to the school. People who walked fast for only 15 minutes five days a week or did stretching exercises three times a week did not feel the same positive effects on their depression symptoms.

Overall the studies have shown that frequently doing aerobic exercise seemed to be more effective than more mild activities, such as stretching, when working to fight depressions.

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