Exercise as a treatment for depression and other psychiatric disorders: a review

J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. Nov-Dec 2007;27(6):359-67. doi: 10.1097/01.HCR.0000300262.69645.95.


This article reviews evidence supporting exercise as a treatment for psychiatric disorders. Although data from randomized trials are limited, results of studies included in this review generally support use of exercise as an alternative or adjunctive treatment. Discussion of practical issues regarding exercise, potential mechanisms for the beneficial effects of exercise, and recommendations for future research are provided.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / therapy*
  • Bipolar Disorder / therapy*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / complications
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / therapy
  • Cognition
  • Dementia / therapy*
  • Depression / complications
  • Depression / therapy*
  • Exercise Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / complications
  • Lung Diseases / therapy
  • Patient Compliance
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Stress, Physiological / therapy*