It's always on the to-do list for disease prevention and overall good health , but regular physical activity appears to have antidepressant qualities, too. While questions remain, the picture on exercise and depression is becoming clearer: Getting up and moving seems to help people get on top of a bout of depression or keep a recurrence at bay. Here's the skinny so far:

  • There is some relationship, not fully understood, between mood and movement.
  • You don't have to overdo it.
  • Probably best to try aerobic activity for a brain benefit.
  • Using an exercise log could help.
  • The benefit is both psychological and physiological.
  • Try it on your own, but don't be afraid to get professional help.

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