Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Exercise can be as good as or better than antidepressants for treating depression

Exercise can be as good as or better than antidepressants for treating depressionMichael Otto, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of psychology, says the effects of exercise on treating depression rivals antidepressants in head-to-head studies, reports Susan Seligson in her April 2010 article on the Boston University website BU Today. Otto says many clinical trials show that people with major depression who regularly exercise get better at the same rate as they do with antidepressants.

A passionate advocate of physical activity for treating depression, Otto recommends that clinicians consider exercise as important and valid a treatment for depression as antidepressant drugs and talk therapies. He is one of a group of researchers calling for psychologists to include exercise programs in treating people with depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

This article summarizes some significant research findings showing exercise can be just as effective as antidepressants for the treatment of depression, and in some cases even better.


New research says get young teens into exercise – it’s good for their health and happiness

Group of girls on a soccer teamHow good is sport for young teenagers? New research shows that sport is good for physical and mental health in 12- 14-year-olds, and it benefits them socially.

Dr. Keith Zullig and Rebecca White, from West Virginia University in the US, found that middle-school teenagers who are physically active and play on sports teams are more satisfied with their life and feel healthier than their inactive peers.


Get into exercise for a heart-healthy and happier you

Man walking the dogDid you know that there are over 10 ways that exercise helps our mind and body, but most people can only name a few? Some benefits of exercise include lowering high cholesterol, strengthening the heart, and helping treat anxiety and depression.

Alana Richardson, writer for Mediterranean Book, is passionate about lowering high cholesterol. She recently sent Extra Happiness some easy exercise ideas that can help treat this common health problem.


Exercise your way to health, fitness and happiness

soccer ballFor some of us exercise is a chore, for others it’s a joy. We all know exercise is good for us, but most of us don’t do enough for good health. Doctors estimate that between 65% and 85% of the world’s population do not exercise enough.

There are plenty of excuses not to exercise, the most common being “I don’t have time.” Make time. If we can do non essential things, we can exercise. It’s vital for health, fitness and happiness.

The benefits are worth it. Professor Mario Maranhao, president of the World Heart Federation said, “Moderate exercise, such as a brisk walk for 30 minutes most days, helps control weight, cuts stress, anxiety and depression.”