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Lifting Weights Might Fight Depression

By Matt McMillen , , ,

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Lift weights, and you might just lift your spirits. Irish researchers reviewed 33 studies—including three small studies focusing on people with type 2 diabetes—that examined the impact of strength training on symptoms of depression. Taken together, the studies involved 1,877 volunteers, all of whom were diagnosed with clinical depression. Most lifted weights three times a week for an average of 16 weeks. The researchers found that the workouts, especially sessions that lasted less than 45 minutes, moderately reduced symptoms of depression, particularly for those whose depression was mild to moderate. Supervised workouts appeared to ease depression significantly more than going it alone, so consider hiring a trainer. But always check with your health care team before making changes to your exercise plan.
Source: JAMA Psychiatry, May 9, 2018