Exercise and Depression – Antidepressant Effects of Physical Activity (2023 Update)

Posted on:February 13, 2020
Last Updated: March 4, 2023
Time to read: 10 minutes

Physical activity is recommended in clinical practice as a viable intervention for the treatment of subthreshold, mild, and moderate depression. Research shows that exercise has antidepressant qualities as well as also being a globally accessible, cost-effective, and low side-effect therapeutic strategy. [Schuch et al 2018]

Research shows that prescribing exercise reduces depressive symptoms and improves mortality outcomes. [Murri et al. 2018]