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M Donaghy, A Taylor
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Volume 40: Issue 2: 2010




For  many  years,  experts  have  been  debating  the  pros  and  cons  of  exercise  for depression. Proponents of exercise for depression point to those clinical trials which have shown that exercise improves mood, while sceptics point out the methodological problems in many of the apparently positive trials, and the uncertainties around the acceptability  of  exercise  as  a  treatment  for  depression.  Here  two  experts  critically review  the  evidence  around  exercise  for  depression,  provide  arguments  for  and against  the  promotion  of  physical  activity  as  a  treatment  for  depression,  explore issues around the generalisability of exercise as a treatment for depression and look to the future by discussing ongoing trials that will provide more evidence to inform this important debate.