Exercise for depression

JAMA. 2014 Jun 18;311(23):2432-3. doi: 10.1001/jama.2014.4930.


Clinical question: Is exercise an effective treatment for depression?

Bottom line: Exercise is associated with a greater reduction in depression symptoms compared with no treatment, placebo, or active control interventions, such as relaxation or meditation. However, analysis of high-quality studies alone suggests only small benefits.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Depression / therapy*
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Humans