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Statistics About Exercise and Depression
· 0.53 to -1.42 in the reduction of depression scores across different training programs
· A 16 week training program was proven to be just as effective as antidepressant medication
· Depression symptoms were reduced by over 50%
Studies About Exercise and Alleviating Depression
~Examined the effects of an eight-week aerobic training program on depression.
~Process: 25 participants divided into three groups.
Group 1: exercised 30 minutes a day once a week.
Group 2: exercised 30 minutes a day 3-5 times a week.
Group 3: was similar to the 2nd group except they had
~Results: greater decrease in depression in the second and third group than the first. The second and third group showed not much of a difference between the two. Consistency was the key to lowering depression.
~examined the effects of exercise on people currently diagnosed with major depression.
~ 39 patients at a university hospital being treated for major depression were studied over a 10-day period, divided into 2 groups.
Group 1: Walking 30 minutes a day on a treadmill with the incline steadily increasing.
Group 2: placebo group, 30 minutes of light stretching
~Results: Endurance training reduced depression levels far more than light stretching. The placebo group showed little signs of reduced depression.