I believe exercise can help people beat depression

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 14:01 in Psychology & Sociology

Despite what the research published this week says, many people who have lived with depression feel the benefits of a trip to the gym, or even a spot of gardeningThe problem with arguing with science is that it is often an uneven contest, a bit like hitting a steamroller with a stick of rhubarb. You have emotion, anecdotal evidence, a sixth sense; they have hard facts. And the facts here are seemingly indisputable: a new study, conducted by proper university academics, sufficiently large-scale, randomised and controlled, has confounded the experience of countless depression sufferers. The conclusion: all that exercise, the running, cycling, swimming, walking that you did to help you through the dark days of an illness that no one really understands was basically of no benefit to your state of mind. In short, exercise doesn't help.The research, published in the British Medical Journal, seems robust. More than 360 patients...

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