Study Says Exercising In A Group Can Ease Depression

It’s no secret that regular exercise is an important part of managing our mood and doctors often prescribe more physical activity for those feeling depressed. And new research reveals that a few weeks of moderate-intensity exercise in a group setting can do wonders for both the body and the mind.

The newstudyfrom Germany involves people who were already being treated for depression and had one group of them follow a three-week exercise program together. Their workout routine was designed by professional sports scientists and “contained fun elements” with a focus on collaborating, promoting team spirit and “social togetherness” while also trying to eliminate negative experiences associated with working out. And less than a month of this friendly and non-competitive exercise provided some impressive benefits.

Researchers found the physical activity not only reduces depressive symptoms, it also “increases the brain’s ability to change. Study authors explain that the more you exercise, the more your brain rewires itself and the more your brain changes, the fewer feelings of depression you have. This isn’t the first study to highlight the benefits of group exercise, previous research has found working out with other people can be a good influence, boost the chances of shedding pounds and that it’s simply more fun than going it alone.

Source:Eat This, Not That

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