Work out a way to deal with depression

As part of the trial, patients have been asked for their views of exercise as a treatment for depression. They participated in semi-structured interviews lasting 30–120 minutes.

While most of the patients thought exercise was an acceptable treatment for depression, many had a low level of motivation. A lack of confidence was also a barrier to physical activity.

The participants thought exercise could provide a sense of purpose and distract them from their negative thoughts. Some thought raising their heart rate would have a beneficial biochemical effect.

Patients who were not very active at the start of the study thought low intensity activity would help them. Activities such as walking were also seen as helpful by patients who had situational problems as a cause of their depression.

The benefits of physical activity were not limited to improving depression. Exercise also helped with weight loss, social interaction, regulation of