The Cleveland Clinic

Exercise and Depression

What are the Benefits of Exercise?

Regular exercise has been proven to:

Exercise also has these health benefits:

  • Strengthens the heart
  • Makes the body better able to use oxygen
  • Builds energy levels
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves muscle tone and strength
  • Strengthens and builds bones
  • Helps reduce body fat
  • Makes you look fit and healthy

Exercise and Depression: What's the Link?

Research has shown that exercise is an effective, but often underused, treatment for mild to moderate depression.

What Types of Exercise Treat Depression?

It appears that any form of exercise can help depression.

Do I Need to See My Healthcare Provider Before Starting an Exercise Program?

Most people can begin an exercise program without checking with their healthcare providers. However, people with a medical condition (such as diabetes or heart disease) and people who have not exercised much should check with their healthcare provider before starting any exercise program.

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