May 10, 2018
By Jane Brown
It seems the benefits of pumping iron when it comes to patients with mild to moderate depression should not be underestimated.
Previous studies have established that aerobic exercise can help treat the effects of depression but this new research out of Ireland and Sweden concludes that resistance exercise training (RET), which is exercise that makes the muscles in your body work, is associated with a significant reduction in symptoms of depression.
The average RET program of 1877 patients was 16 weeks (most commonly three sessions per week) and involved doing planks, squats, leg raises and/or weight training.
The researchers say while exercise is generally good for anyone, for every four depressed patients treated with resistance exercise, one patient will see an anti-depressive benefit.
You can read about the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry.