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Combining Two Free Activities Can Reduce Depression By 40% in Two Months

Reduce depression by combining two activities well-known to make you feel better.

Meditation and aerobic exercise together can help reduce depression, new research finds.

 

Targeting both the mind and the body — for twice a week over two months — was enough to reduce depression by 40%.

Dr Brandon Alderman, who led the study, said:

“We are excited by the findings because we saw such a meaningful improvement in both clinically depressed and non-depressed students.

It is the first time that both of these two behavioral therapies have been looked at together for dealing with depression.”

The eight-week study had 30 people who were mentally healthy and 22 who were suffering from major depression.

The training involved 30 minutes of focused attention meditation followed by 30 minutes of aerobic exercise.

All reported fewer depressive symptoms after exercising and meditating for two months.

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