Role of Exercise in Reducing Depression
Journal of Depression and Anxiety

Journal of Depression and Anxiety
Open Access

ISSN: 2167-1044

Perspective - (2022)Volume 11, Issue 4

Role of Exercise in Reducing Depression

Wenkun Zhou*
*Correspondence: Wenkun Zhou, Department of Psychiatry, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, The Netherlands, Email:

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Exercising for half an hour can decrease the depression symptoms for at least 75 minutes of post-workout, enhancing the therapeutic advantages. In general, some researches have proved that the impact of exercise on mental health promotes well-being of the individual. In the first study, the researchers gathered 30 adult volunteers who were suffering from major depressive episodes for the investigation. Participants completed computerised electronic surveys before, half-way through, and after a 30-minute session of moderate-intensity cycling or sitting, as well as 25, 50 and 75-minutes following the activity. Those who cycled during the first lab visit returned a week later to repeat the experiment with 30-minutes of sitting and vice versa . Each survey included standard questions and scales for measuring depression symptoms, as well as several cognitive tasks, such as the Stroop test, in which participants responded to the colour of a particular font rather than the word itself (for example, indicating red when the word 'blue' was written in red ink). The survey data was then used to track any changes in three key depressive disorder characteristics such as depressed mood (e.g., sad, discouraged, gloomy), anhedonia (i.e., trouble experiencing pleasure from previously loved activities), and reduced cognitive performance (e.g., difficulty thinking, juggling multiple pieces of information at once). During the cycling trial, participants with depressed mood state improved over the course of 30 minutes of exercise and remained stable for the next 75 minutes. At 75 minutes after exercise, the improvement in anhedonia began to fade, but it was still better than the individuals levels of anhedonia in the control group. In terms of cognitive performance, cycling participants were faster on the Stroop test mid-exercise but relatively slower 25 and 50 minutes post-exercise compared to the resting group. In another study, half of the ten participants exercised for 30 minutes on their own (e.g., cycling, running, walking) at a moderate intensity pace, which the researchers confirmed with data, before signing up for an hour of virtual cognitive behaviour therapy each week. Prior to their therapy sessions, the other individuals merely went about their daily routines. Participants in both groups improved at the end of the eight-week intervention programme, but those who exercised before talking to a therapist had more pronounced reductions in depressive symptoms. The findings suggest that exercise may assist to enhance the advantages of therapy for adults with depression, according to the researchers. With such a small group, there were promising results, but there is no formal statistical testing was done. Overall, the study found that people were interested in the combined approach and would persist with it, and that exercise appeared to have some impacts on depression and a couple of therapeutic mechanisms. A sound companion of members was requested at benchmark to report the recurrence from practice they partook in and at what force: without becoming winded or perspiring, becoming short of breath and perspiring, or debilitating themselves. At follow-up stage, they finished a self-report poll (The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale) to show any arising nervousness or despondency. The examination group additionally represented factors which could influence the relationship among exercise and normal psychological instability. These incorporate financial and segment factors, substance use, weight list, new beginning actual sickness and saw social help. Results showed that individuals who announced doing no activity by any means at gauge had a 44% expanded possibility of creating sadness contrasted with the people who were practicing one to two hours per week. Notwithstanding, these advantages didn't help through to safeguarding against nervousness, with no affiliation distinguished among level and force of activity and the possibilities fostering the issue. As per the Australian Health Survey, 20% of Australian grown-ups attempt no customary actual work, and in excess of a third spend under 90 minutes out of every week being truly dynamic. Simultaneously, around 1 million Australians have misery, with one out of five Australians matured 16-85 encountering a dysfunctional behavior.


One of those mechanisms relates to the relationship between a client and therapist. If a person feels a connection with their therapist, they are more likely to continue attending to treatment, and the sessions are more likely to have an impact. Participants in the second trial felt a faster and stronger connection with their therapists after exercising. The findings show that exercise may be priming or preparing the brain to participate in more emotionally difficult activity that can occur during therapy.

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Wenkun Zhou*
Department of Psychiatry, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Citation: Zhou W (2022) Role of Exercise in Reducing Depression. J Dep Anxiety. 11:457.

Received: 04-Apr-2022, Manuscript No. JDA-22-17296; Editor assigned: 07-Apr-2022, Pre QC No. JDA-22- 17296 (PQ); Reviewed: 21-Apr-2022, QC No. JDA-22-17296; Revised: 27-Apr-2022, Manuscript No. JDA-22- 17296 (R); Published: 04-May-2022, DOI: 10.35248/ 2167-1044.22.11.457

Copyright: © 2022 Zhou W. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.