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Entries in depression (7)


Exercise Can Help Treat Depression

A meta-analysis (a study in which data from a number of studies is analyzed together) published in the Journal of Affective Disordersexamined the impact of exercise as a treatment for depression, both alone or in addition to antidepressant medications. Researchers analyzed data on 977 people across 23 different studies.

Results showed that exercise had a moderate to large statistically significant beneficial effect on depression in the short term compared to no intervention, but the effect was smaller at a later follow-up. The effect of exercise was smaller compared to psychological treatments or antidepressant medicine, but did produce a moderate effect when added to antidepressant medication. The authors concluded that “physical exercise is an effective intervention for depression. It also could be a viable adjunct treatment in combination with antidepressants.” Health clubs provide a safe, supportive place to be physically active.

Kvam S, Kleppe CL, Nordhus IH, Hovland A. Exercise as a treatment for depression: A meta-analysis. J Affect Disord. 2016 Sep 15;202:67-86. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.03.063. Epub 2016 May 20.

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Physical Activity Linked To Lower Risk of Depression Regardless of Sedentary Time

Often sitting time and physical activity levels are grouped together when it comes to health research. This study, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, assessed the two separately, looking at the association between sedentary behavior, physical activity, and a combination of the two on depressive symptoms in Japanese adults. Over 2,900 people filled out questionnaires on physical activity and depression.

The findings showed an independent relationship between more physical activity and lower risk of depressive symptoms, but no association was noted between sedentary behavior and depressive symptoms. These results suggest that meeting physical activity requirements can help reduce the risk of depression among adults regardless of sedentary time.  Health clubs provide a fun, supportive environment to get recommended amounts of physical activity. 

Liao Y, Shibata A, Ishii K, Oka K. Independent and Combined Associations of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior with Depressive Symptoms Among Japanese Adults. Int J Behav Med. 2015 Apr 8. [Epub ahead of print]

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Physical Activity in the Fight Against Depression

Joe Moore, IHRSA President & CEO, is once again extolling the virtues of physical activity on the Huffington Post Blog.

This time, Joe's post is about the many benefits of exercise or physical activity on fighting depression.

While this post is very timely, as this week, October 5-11, 2014 is Mental Awareness Week, and today, October 10, 2014 is World Mental Health Day; depression and suicide are problems that occur every day. As Joe writes "Depression takes a tremendous toll on America. For individuals and their families, depression inflicts immense personal suffering. At its most tragic, depression leads to suicide, which claims nearly 40,000 American lives each year."

He goes on to say "we need to take multiple tacks in addressing depression. Routine exercise should be one of them. The truth is that exercise is an under-recognized, under-utilized but significantly effective tool that has been shown to be useful in helping to prevent and manage depression."

Read the full article in the Huffington Post Healthy Living Blog.


Gallup's top 10 from 2013 includes stories on obesity and exercise

Gallup has brought many insights in 2013 with articles and surveys from its Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index which gathers up-to-date data on exercise, eating habits, and more.

The editors singled out its top 10 articles from its findings, including obesity, exercise and depression.

Click here for the Gallup top 10.


Exercise helps combat depression

Everyone probably has woken up on the wrong side of the bed. While getting back under the covers probably would be most people's preference, we have to get up and go to work, run errands, watch kids, etc.

Many studies show, though, that one way to combat being grumpy and depressed is exercise. One showed that walking and jogging a few times a week is as effective as antidepressants.

Of course, aerobic exercise is not the only answer. Any workout that produces endorphins will turn your attitude around.

Visit this Greatist story for more.


Exercise lessens depression for those who are obese

Add staving off depression as another reason for those who are obese to exercise.

A three-year study of 850 severly obese people who were scheduled to have bariatric surgery showed that even eight minutes of exercise reduced the patients' need for depression or anxiety treatment by 92 percent. One-third of the patients still had symptoms of depression, and two-fifths still took medication or sought counseling for anxiety or depression.

Those who are obese generally are twice as likely to be depressed or have anxiety than the general population.

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Why aren't those who need exercise exercising?

The benefits of exercise are endless - lowers the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes; lowers the death rate in some cancers after diagnosis; helps stimulate the brain; and wards off depression. And that isn't even the complete list.

So, why are the ones who need it not doing it?

A few IHRSA members talked about this, and what their clubs do to get that segment of the population through their doors.

Read the story.