A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows that regular exercise can help reduce symptoms of depression.
The study, which involved over 1,000 participants, found that those who engaged in regular physical activity experienced a significant reduction in symptoms of depression compared to those who did not exercise regularly. The study also found that the type of exercise did not matter, with both aerobic and non-aerobic exercise showing similar benefits.
While the exact reasons behind why exercise can help reduce symptoms of depression are still not fully understood, researchers believe that physical activity can help increase the production of mood-elevating chemicals in the brain, such as endorphins and serotonin.
This study is just the latest in a growing body of research that shows the benefits of exercise on mental health. While medication and therapy are still the primary forms of treatment for depression, the findings of this study suggest that exercise may be an effective way to manage symptoms and improve overall mental wellbeing.