Of course, he has since been proven wrong. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center studied 156 depressed patients 50 and older and found that after 16 weeks, those who exercised showed significant improvement compared to those who either took medication alone or those who combined medication and exercise.
In a six-month follow-up study, Duke psychologists found that depression returned in only 8 percent of the patients in the exercise group, versus 38 percent for the drug-only group and 31 percent for the drug and exercise combined group.
And Dr. Robert N. Butler, President of the International Longevity Center at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City, said, “If exercise could be put in a pill, it would be the number one anti-aging medicine and the number one anti-depression medicine.”
Still, for those of us who suffer from depression, motivating ourselves to exercise when we can barely get out of bed, isn’t easy. But as a long-term strategy, it may work better than antidepressants.Inquiring minds would like to know. How do you exercise? Are you able to continue exercising even when you're depressed? Do you exercise with a buddy or by yourself? What tips can you give to others?