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Your Exercise Rx for Reducing Depression

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Do you need a boost of self esteem and a feeling of wellbeing? An exercise perscription for reducing depression might just be the medicine you have been looking for.
Air Date: 3/5/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Lynette L. Craft, PhD
Lynette craftDr. Lynette Craft is currently the Vice President for Evidence Based Practice and Scientific Affairs at the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, at Northwestern University. She completed her PhD in Kinesiology at Michigan State University and post-doctoral training in Health Psychology at Boston University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the use of exercise as an adjunct to traditional treatments for clinical depression and the mechanisms underlying the exercise-depression relationship. This has included studies examining psychosocial factors predictive of exercise participation among depressed women, the use of home and facility based exercise interventions to alleviate depressive symptoms, and studies examining psychological factors that moderate the exercise-depression relationship. Most recently Dr. Craft has examined the effects of exercise on the cancer-related symptom cluster of depression, pain, and fatigue in breast cancer survivors.
Your Exercise Rx for Reducing Depression
People can reap numerous mental health benefits from physical activity, especially as it relates to depression.

A 2006 study showed higher levels of sport participation and physical activity were linked to lower levels of depression, and that exercise can encourage better self-perception.

This is very important for anyone suffering from depression.

For teen girls, as more girls than boys are depressed in adolescence, and up to age 24, females can have nearly double the lifetime incidence of major depressive disorder compared to males the same age, according to a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.