People who work out will tell you it gives them energy. New research from the Cooper Institute in Dallas indicates exercise may actually provide the missing link for many patients who are depressed. In a 24 week study, patients diagnosed with depression worked out at the Cooper Institute and on their own.
"There appears to be a link between people who are exercising. Their rates of symptoms of depression seem to be lower," says Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, psychiatrist.
"It calms me. It relaxes me for the day. It helps give me a little more energy, and it helps me deal with everything that's going on during the day," says Hayden Weirich, study participant.
Doctors emphasize this study does not mean people on anti-depressants should stop taking their medication, but that exercise may become regarded as good medicine as well.