Exercise may be 'more effective' than medicine for managing mental health

Now, researchers from the University of South Australia have claimed physical activity should be a "mainstay approach for managing symptoms of depression with review findings showing that exercise is 1.5 times more effective than counselling or leading medications. "Physical activity is known to help improve mental health. Yet despite the evidence, it has not been widely adopted as a first-choice treatment.” "Our review shows that physical activity interventions can significantly reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety in all clinical populations, with some groups showing even greater signs of improvement." For the review, the team looked at information relating to over 1,000 trials and 128,000 participants