The Powerful Role of Exercise in Combatting Depression

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a global challenge, impacting life satisfaction more than more than debt, divorce, and diabetes and worsening associated health conditions including heart disease, anxiety, and cancer. Existing treatments like drugs and psychotherapy, while effective for some, are not for others, highlighting the need for additional evidence-based interventions.
Exercise can be a potential compliment or alternative to traditional treatments for MDD, offering not only mental health benefits, but improvements in physical and cognitive well-being. Over the years the research has been promising, and various psychological associations around the world now endorse exercise in clinical guidelines. However, these recommendations often lack clarity regarding the optimal exercise dose and modality.
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