Exercise the blues away

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Snorkel your way out of depression!

Exercise maintains our health and wellbeing in many ways and according to James Blumenthal, a neuroscientist at Duke University, it is also a cheap and effective cure for depression.

In a recent study, Blumenthal placed depressed people into three groups. The first group took medication, the second group took a combination of exercise and medication and the third group took exercise only.

Blumenthal found the exercise only group had a higher rate of success. Not only that, 92% of those who continued to exercise did not fall-back into depression — unlike members of the other groups where the relapse rate was much higher.

While Blumenthal stresses that medication helps, it is more effective in the long term to lift weights, jog, walk, swim or play a team sport to keep depression at bay.

You can read the full article below.

The truth about exercise and depression

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Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.

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