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Published 3:00 pm Thursday, May 25, 2023

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A recent analysis of meta-studies found that exercise is a highly effective treatment for conditions such as anxiety and depression. Authors of the study, which was published in February 2023 in the journal BJM Sports Medicine, concluded that physical activity was 1.5 times more effective at reducing mild-to-moderate symptoms of various mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression and psychological stress, than medication or cognitive behavior therapy. The study was an umbrella review and its authors concluded that physical activity should be a mainstay approach in the management of depression, anxiety and psychological distress. However, individuals who suspect they are dealing with any of these mental health issues are still urged to speak with a physician for assistance in treating their conditions.