Is Exercise as Effective as Medications or Talk Therapy?

Access article published by Psychology Today.

Moving your body significantly improves depression, anxiety, and overall health. So why is it not a front-line approach in the United States?

  • While exercise is well-recognized as beneficial to mood and health, it is often overlooked in the initial management of these conditions.
  • The largest meta-analytic research study to date evaluating the impact of exercise on mood and chronic health issues found it to be effective.
  • All types of physical activity benefit mental and physical health, with higher intensity workouts benefitting health to a greater degree.
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