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The reason why exercise helps you feel amazing is that it helps the body by releasing endorphins. Based on this, researchers have been trying to prove that exercise can make even clinically depressed people happier. But a new study shows it's not always that simple.
As the Telegraph points out, most of the studies which claim that exercise reduces symptoms of depression is based on small, non-clinical samples. And the latest randomized study published in the British Medical Journal has found that clinically depressed people who received a "physical activity intervention" for a year didn't feel their mood improved.
For the study, the participants whom were diagnosed with depression were split into two groups. The first group received "physical activity intervention" along with normal care for a year, while the other group weren't forced to exert themselves. The findings showed that people from the first group that worked out for twelve months said the exercise didn't really do all that much to fix their depression.
"Many patients suffering from depression would prefer not to have to take traditional anti-depressant medication, preferring instead to consider alternative non-drug based forms of therapy," said John Campbell, professor of general practice and primary care at Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. "Exercise and activity appeared to offer promise as one such treatment, but this carefully designed research study has shown that exercise does not appear to be effective in treating depression."
But as mentioned before, there's never really been scientific proof that exercise is an effective treatment for diagnosed clinical depression. So even if it can't solve all of our problems, it's still a better alternative to sitting around at home and not doing anything about it.