Many people would love to find a natural alternative to antidepressants and now new research suggests that exercise could be the ticket…

Sometimes we only think of exercise as a way to slim down, but that’s only one benefit. Exercise is a powerful mood booster that could be used as a way to treat depression.

In a study of people suffering from major depression, new research found that patients experienced a large anti-depressant effect thanks to regular aerobic exercise.

All it takes is three workouts a week

According to the study, working out just three times a week is enough to boost a sense of wellbeing.

In the randomised controlled clinical trials involving 455 adult patients (18-65 years old), people with major depression felt the anti-depressant benefits when exercising three times a week for at least 45 minutes at a moderate intensity for 9,2 weeks.

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This significantly large overall antidepressant effect was compared with antidepressant medication and/or psychological therapies.

Walking faster can help you live longer

“Collectively, this study has found that supervised aerobic exercise can significantly support major depression treatment in mental health services,” said lead author Dr Ioannis D. Morres, of the University of Thessaly, in Greece.

No one is saying give up medication, which is something that needs to be discussed and planned with a doctor, but whether depressed or not, everyone can benefit from exercise.

Source: Wiley via www.sciencedaily.com

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