Looking for a New Treatment for Depression?   Pick up Some Weights!

 

Your physician has probably told you many times how great exercise is for your health.  Most doctors also point out it’s huge role in mental health.   Mostly, when we talk about exercise we’re talking about aerobic activities:  running, biking, even Zumba.


JAMA Psychiatry just published a large review of over 30 clinical trials which showed a moderate improvement in depressive symptoms with resistance weight training.    The best part: it didn’t matter if you did a little or a lot, or even if you got that much stronger, just that you get out and start lifting on occasion.

There’s already data that resistance training helps decrease feelings of anxiety and nervousness.  This review found that resistance training reduced depressive symptoms regardless of whether or not a person was diagnosed as depressed at the beginning of the study. 

Next time you’re feeling down, consider picking up some weights and start lifting….even just a little.

 

 


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