April 1, 2023

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NEW YORK — Researchers are calling for exercise to become the primary approach to managing depression, with a new study showing that physical activity is 1.5 times more effective than counseling or approved leading drugs.

The research paper was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and is the most comprehensive review of 97 reviews, 1,039 scientific trials and 128,119 participants.

The results show that physical activity is very effective in improving symptoms of depression, anxiety and distress. Specifically, the study found that exercise interventions of 12 weeks or less were most effective in reducing psychiatric symptoms, highlighting the speed with which physical activity can make a difference.

The greatest benefits are seen among depressed people, pregnant and postpartum women, healthy individuals, and people with HIV or kidney disease.

According to the World Health Organization, one in eight people (970 million people) in the world suffer from a mental disorder.

Poor mental health costs the global economy $2.5 trillion annually, which is expected to rise to $6 trillion by 2030.

UniSA lead researcher Dr Ben Singh said physical activity should be prioritized to improve the management of a growing number of mental health conditions.

Dr Singh explains: “Physical activity can improve mental health. However, despite the evidence, it is not widely accepted as a first-choice treatment. Our review shows that physical activity interventions can significantly reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.” Show more symptoms. High-intensity exercise had greater improvements for depression and anxiety, while long-term exercise had smaller effects compared to short- and medium-term periods.”

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He continued: “We found that all forms of physical activity and exercise, including aerobic exercises such as walking, resistance training, Pilates and yoga, are beneficial. Importantly, research shows that you don’t need too much exercise to make a positive difference to your mental health.” “.

Lead researcher Professor Carol Maher of the University of South Australia says this is the first study to assess the effects of all forms of physical activity on depression, anxiety and stress in an entire adult population. He added: “Examining these studies collectively is a great way for clinicians to better understand the evidence supporting physical activity in the management of mental disorders. We hope this study will emphasize the need for physical activity, including structured. Exercise interventions as a primary approach to managing depression and anxiety.”