Researchers at the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, in Tacoma, provide a pity review.

Here’s what we know.

  • Exercise reduces perceived symptoms of depression when used alone.
  • Exercise relieves symptoms as effectively as cognitive behavioral therapy or pharmacologic anti-depressant therapy and more effectively than bright light therapy.
  • Resistance exercise and mixed exercise (resistance and aerobic) are better than aerobic exercise alone.
  • High-frequency exercise is more effective than low-frequency exercise.
  • “Mindful” exercise, which has a meditative focus, such as tai chi and yoga, also reduces symptoms of depression.

The bottom line?

You should turn off your computer now, and take a walk.

9/25/10 11:14 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.