Exercise May Ward Off Anxiety And Depression Better Than Medication

Exercise has long been known to be a great way to improve physical health and fitness. Still, recent research suggests it may also be an effective treatment for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

A recent study published in the journal ‘Depression and Anxiety’ compared the effectiveness of exercise to medication in treating these conditions. The study found that training may be more effective than medication in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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There were 364 adults diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or both in the study. There were two groups: one received antidepressant medication, and the other received 12-week exercise instruction. The study results showed that both groups experienced significant improvements in their symptoms. Still, those in the exercise group experienced a more substantial reduction in symptoms than those in the medication group.

Exercise also appeared to have long-term benefits, with participants reporting continued improvement in their mental health even after completing the exercise program.

There are several theories on why exercise may effectively treat anxiety and depression. One idea is that exercise increases the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain known to improve mood and reduce feelings of pain and stress.

Another theory is that exercise helps to reduce inflammation in the body, which has been linked to depression and other mental health conditions.

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Exercise is also a natural way to reduce stress and anxiety, as it can help to release pent-up tension and improve sleep quality, which can positively impact overall mental health.

While medication can be a helpful treatment for anxiety and depression, it is not always the best option for everyone. Exercise offers a natural, low-risk alternative that may be more effective for some people.

If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, it may be worth considering incorporating regular exercise into your routine. Get expert advice from your doctor about the best exercise plan for your needs, and make sure you follow it to reap the many benefits it can provide for your mental health.