Resistance exercise linked to reduced depression symptoms

  • Thursday 14, June 2018 in 2:52 PM
Sharjah24 – Reuters: People who do resistance exercises like weight lifting and strength training may experience fewer depression symptoms, a research review suggests.
The study team analysed data from 33 clinical trials that randomly assigned a total of 947 adults to participate in resistance training programs and another 930 adults to be inactive.
 
Resistance workouts were associated with fewer depression symptoms regardless of whether participants had a physical or mental health problem, although the effect was most pronounced in adults with mild to moderate depression, the study team reports in JAMA Psychiatry.
 
"Previous reviews have shown that exercise training of all types improves depressive symptoms among otherwise healthy adults, adults with a variety of medical conditions, and adults with major depressive disorder," said lead author Brett Gordon, a researcher at the University of Limerick in Ireland.
 
Most prior research, however, has focused more on aerobic exercise like running and cycling rather than on resistance workouts like weight lifting and strength training, Gordon said by email.