Aerobics are an antidepressant

Chris Health Guide
  • There are strong, early indications that aerobic exercise - while it's saving you from those pesky heart attacks and strokes and stuff - is also cheering you up. A lot.

     

    Doctors at Duke have been studying depression for a long time. Just recently they did a test of exercise, antidepressant drugs and a placebo, to see what effect they had. Turns out that group exercise - that's spin class, step class and the like - was EQUAL TO ANTIDEPRESSANTS as an antidote to depression. And both, of course, were much better than the placebo.

     

    Says Dr. James A. Blumenthal, a professor of medical psychology at Duke University Medical Center, "there is growing evidence that exercise may be a viable alternative to medication, at least among those patients who are receptive to exercise...."

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    Our anecdotal experience with people who follow the Younger Next Year books strongly supports that notion. People routinely say that they don't just get a high from working out...rather, the whole water-table of their mood rises over time. They are happier, more optimistic, more game in life in general. That's certainly my experience. Give it a shot. See what it does for you.

Published On: November 08, 2007