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Physical Exertion Can Lessen Depression

by Medindia Content Team on  January 28, 2006 at 12:07 PM Menīs Health News   - G J E 4
Physical Exertion Can Lessen Depression
People who suffer from a major depressive disorder can get a temporary emotional lift through working on a treadmill for 30 minutes. As many as 40 men and women were studied before this conclusion was arrived at. Clinical depression cannot be eased with a single workout, but this can contribute towards giving them an emotional boost.
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The University of Texas' Dr John Bartholomew has revealed that regular exercise could contribute towards managing the symptoms of the condition. The journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise has reported the results of these findings. Several studies in the past have revealed that there are more cases of depression to be found among those who lead a sedentary life when compared to those who lead a physically active life.

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In certain cases, physical activity can even produce the same results as antidepressant drugs. Emotions like anger, fatigue, tension, and distress were also considerably lessened as a result of some quite rest, according to the study. Depression tends to get aggravated as a result of isolation and lack of interaction. Nervous system chemicals like brain neurotrophins, serotonin, and norepinephrine are targeted by physical exertion, which are usually targeted by antidepressant drugs. This goes to prove that daily walks can also prove to be beneficial to those who suffer from depression.

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