Study finds exercise ineffective in alleviating depressive symptoms

The British study of 361 adults diagnosed with an episode of depression assessed with a Beck inventory score of 14 or more found that a facilitated physical activity intervention neither improved the depression outcome nor reduced use of antidepressants.

Patients in the intervention group 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.

But the study found no evidence that participants who were offered the physical activity intervention reported