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Can walking and yoga treat depression?

Depression can be reduced by walking and yoga. — Unsplash/File

Exercise is an effective therapy that can help treat depression, according to a new analysis of more than 200 studies.

The research, published in The BMJfound that walking, jogging, yoga, and strength training are beneficial for reducing depressive symptoms, since the workouts are more intense.

“We found that exercise led to a reduction in depression to levels comparable to standard-of-care treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy,” said Michael Noetel, PhD, lead author of the study and senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Queensland, Australia. Health.

“We can be confident that there is a causal effect here.”

In examining the relationship between depression and exercise, researchers analyzed data from 218 studies including more than 14,000 participants.

The types of exercise studied included walking, jogging, yoga, strength training, tai chi and qigong.

Exercise releases the mood regulators dopamine and serotonin, said Ulrick Vieux, DO, a sports psychiatrist at Hackensack University Medical Center. Health.

“Low levels of serotonin, for example, have been linked to… depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobias,” he said. “(But) exercise increases serotonin levels.”

Warning: This may not work for everyone. Consult your doctor before trying this.

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