Exercise ineffective in reducing depression

A British study of 361 adults diagnosed with an episode of depression found facilitated physical activity intervention did not improve their depression or reduce use of antidepressants.

Patients were offered three face-to-face sessions and 10 telephone calls with a trained exercise consultant over a period of eight months, in addition to their usual care, with a view to engaging participants in vigorous activity for 150 minutes a week in 10 minute bouts.

The study reported no evidence that the participants offered the physical activity intervention reported improvement in mood compared with those in the usual care