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An unusual but effective remedy for mental disorders

An unusual but effective remedy for mental disorders

Strength training is the best against depression

“Physical activity is known to be beneficial for improving mental health,” explains one of the researchers behind the study, Ben Singh, of the University of South Australia. However, despite abundant evidence for this, it is rarely a first-line treatment. Our analysis shows that physical activity can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in all groups of patients with these disorders, although some benefit more than others”.

Based on the comprehensive analysis of the large amount of studies, the researchers can see that strength training appears to be more effective against depression. On the other hand, yoga and endurance exercises seem to have the best effect for people with anxiety.

Increase the amount of serotonin and norepinephrine

Moderate to high intensity physical activity is most effective against depression and anxiety. The researchers explain that it is due in part to neuronal molecular mechanisms such as elevated levels of serotonin and norepinephrine. In connection with depression, the amount of both serotonin and norepinephrine decreases, so these neurotransmitters are important to our sense of happiness and our mental well-being.

Surprisingly, research also shows that people achieve the best results with short sessions each week rather than longer workouts. According to the researchers, this is because it is easier to follow such a plan for people who already have mental and possibly physical problems.

“An important thing to remember in this context is that it obviously doesn’t take a lot of exercise to have a positive effect on our mental health,” says Ben Singh.

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