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Treating Depression With Exercise No Secret

Apparently, conventional medicine is finally beginning to understand there are better, safer and healthier alternatives to treating depression than prescribing an antidepressant that offers no meaningful benefits.

That's what drew me to this interesting story about the use of exercise as a more effective treatment option for depression. The studies certainly bear that out, including one in which adults participating in a 10-month regimen of moderate exercise outperformed Zoloft in treating moderate to severe depression.

According to one scientist, the trick to treating depression with exercise has a great deal to do with intensity, meaning a brisk 10-minute walk just won't cut it. That's certainly true, as I've found patients need to move toward 90 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day during the treatment phase to repay their exercise debt.

The trick, researchers say, is to get started in some way, no matter how small. Fortunately, I have plenty of free tools to help you get started, including a comprehensive exercise guide and an exercise table you can use to monitor your progress.

I also encourage you to review the strategies Paul Chek and Dr. Ben Lerner share with readers every week in my eHealthy News You Can Use newsletter.

Yahoo News November 6, 2005

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