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Evidence that exercise helps in depression is still weak, finds review

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 13 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5585
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

An analysis of trials that looked at the effectiveness of exercise in treating depression found it to be of moderate benefit, but when the analysis was narrowed to only good quality trials it found no additional benefit in exercise.

The review, from the Cochrane Library, concluded that more large trials are needed to find out whether exercise is as effective as antidepressants or psychological treatments and to pinpoint how much and what type of exercise helps people with depression.1

The last Cochrane review …

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