Running Therapy For Depression as Effective as Antidepressants Without the Health Risks

This report by Richard Sears has been published by Mad in America. It begins:

“An article soon to be published in the Journal of Affective Disorders finds that while running therapy and antidepressants have similar effects on depressive symptoms, running therapy is much better for participants’ physical health.

The study split participants into two groups, one that was given antidepressants and another that took part in supervised 45-minute jogging sessions. Where participants that were given antidepressant treatment experienced deterioration of physical health, those given exercise therapy as treatment saw improvements. The authors write:

‘While the interventions had comparable effects on mental health, running therapy outperformed antidepressants on physical health, due to both larger improvements in the running therapy group as well as larger deterioration in the antidepressant group.‘ …”

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