Can a walk help ease depression?

Prescribing Exercise to Treat Depression

We at Vista have long known the benefits of regular exercise.  A few of us are even FitBit fanatics!  A recent NY Times article highlighted the benefits of exercise in treating depression.

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Although additional studies certainly are needed, there’s no reason for people with unyielding depression not to talk now with their doctors about exercise as a treatment option. “Side effects are almost nonexistent,” he said, “while you get additional benefits, in terms of improvements in cardiovascular health and reductions in other disease risks,” things antidepressant drugs do not provide. “Plus,” he pointed out, “the cost profile is very favorable.” Exercise, as medicines go, is cheap.

 

Posted on July 18, 2013 .