A study into whether physical activity alleviates the symptoms of depression has found there is no benefit.
Research published in the British Medical Journal suggests that adding a physical activity intervention to usual care did not reduce symptoms of depression more than usual care alone.
This contrasts with current clinical guidance which recommends exercise to help those suffering from the mental illness, which affects one in six adults in Britain at any one time.
I thought this was true and all - fuck yeah, randomised controlled trials!
i’m waiting for the study that proves that yoga at sunrise actually makes depression worse
I KNEW IT. WHEN I WAS 15 MY MOM MADE ME WALK A MILE WITH HER EVERY MORNING ALL SUMMER AND IT MADE ME FEEL WORSE.
Huh this is quite interesting! I have had so many people tell me that exercise will help my depression, and I have to say, it’s not something I’ve noticed happening, although I run daily and practice karate.
I think it has been helpful for me in that those two activities are really enjoyable (at times) and they make me feel like I’m achieving something when I’ve screwed up everything else in my life.
But if exercising is a complete misery for someone, I don’t know exactly how it’s supposed to make them feel any better…