Depression affects almost 10 percent of the population at any given time, and at some point in their lives, 10 to 25 percent of women will become clinically depressed. With those types of statistics, depression is a major health issue for women. And one that requires treatment by a doctor. But doctors may have a new weapon to prescribe in addition to antidepressants: exercise.
While exercise has already been shown to boost mood and help beat depression when used with antidepressants, a new study has found that regular workouts can be as effective as a second medication for people with depression. According to the study that was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, as many as half of depressed patients are not cured by a single antidepressant medication and instead need two drugs to get relief. The type of exercise needed to get results was somewhat dependant on the patients, but researchers write that both moderate and intense levels of daily exercise can work as well as administering a second antidepressant drug.
Less drugs and more exercise to feel better? This is research to be happy about!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.