Exercise is amazing for your body and mind

A group of researchers (Babyak et al. 2000) explored overcoming depression with 156 patients with Major Depressive Disorder. They broke up the group into exercise (30 minutes three times per week), medicine (Zoloft anti-depressant), and a combination of exercise and medicine.  All three groups improved with no significant differences in the short-term. But in the 10 month follow-up, 38% of participants in the medication group relapsed, 31% in the combination exercise and medication group relapsed, but only 9% of the exercise group relapsed.

 

 

Do you feel better when you exercise? Is not exercising like taking an antidepressant? What evidence do you have in your own life of ways the mind and the body might be interconnected?

In a way, exercise can be thought of as a psychiatrist’s dream treatment. It works on anxiety, on panic disorder, and on stress in general, which has a lot to do with depression. And it generates the release of neurotransmitters—norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine—that are very similar to our most important psychiatric medicines. Having a bout of exercise is like taking a little bit of Prozac and a little bit of Ritalin, right where it is supposed to go.
— John Ratey
Posted on May 12, 2015 .