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Exercise for Depression

Anxiety and depression are far too common, and global events over the past few years haven't helped; in fact, just the opposite. The potential remedy, however, is generally far less complex than the causes: exercise. Physical activity can reduce depression symptoms during and immediately after; and the benefits persist at levels non-exercisers don't enjoy.

For proof, let's turn to a recent study in which adults with major depressive episodes performed 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or sat for 30 minutes. Electronic surveys were used to assess participants' depression symptoms immediately before, 15 minutes into and immediately after the activity (exercising or sitting); and then 25, 50 and 65 minutes after.

People who suffer major depressive episodes experience symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD), more commonly known as clinical depression. MDD is more than just "the blues"; as the Mayo Clinic emphasizes, "you can't simply ‘snap out' of it." However, as the aforementioned study states, reducing symptoms via physical activity is a good place to start.

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