New research suggests there is a compelling link between physical activity and fighting depression.
A forum gathered in Edmonton, Wednesday, to discuss studies showing how, among some people, exercise has comperable anti-depressant effects to medication and therapy.
Dr. Guy Faulkner tells 630CHED’s Ryan Jesperson, it’s not even necessarily a neurochemical reaction.
“Exercise is good for mental health even when the dose of activity is quite modest,” explains Faulkner. “So even brisk walking, for example, walking as if you’re late for a meeting, seems to be associated with an anti-depressant effect, for example, and it’s unlikely there would be dramatic changes in neurochemicals because of that.”
Faulkner says there are many effects in play, from endorphins, to psycho-social elements like interacting with others, learning new skills, and feeling autonomous.
He admits exercise might not help everyone, but it could become another option for patients and clinicians to discuss when looking at suitable mental health treatments. (scb)