The Benefits Of Physical Activity, By Dr. Jenny

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1 Jenny Robertson, PhD. Public Health Ontario. Stress 2 Depression 48 JUNE • 17 wellth.xyz If you’re feeling blue, going for a run may be the last thing you feel like doing but may be exactly what you need. Physical activity helps reduce feelings of depression and has been shown to be as effective as antidepressant pills. • Physical exercise is an effective treatment for unipolar depression • Exercise compares favorably to no intervention and usual care for depression • Exercise is comparable to psychotherapy and antidepressants for depression • Exercise could be a viable adjunct and augmentation to antidepressants for depression • Exercise may serve as an alternative to established treatments and waiting list Reference Kvama, S., Kleppe, C.L., Nordhus, I.H., Anders Hovland, A. Exercise as a treatment for depression: A meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2016;202(15):67-86. By Dr. Jenny Feeling tense? Try going for a walk. Physical activity has been shown to reduce stress. Make sure to choose an activity you like because your stress reduction will be greater if you stick to it. • Physical activity is associated with the reduction of stress • Greater adherence to physical activity was associated with better results Reference van der Zwan, J.E., de Vente, W., Huizink, A.C. et al. Physical Activity, Mindfulness Meditation, or Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for Stress Reduction: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 2015;40:257-268.


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