We know a few things about exercise and depression. Many think that exercise is an effective anti-depressant. Others know that when they get injured or can’t exercise, they get depressed. The effects of exercise on depression have been a source of contentious debate.
More importantly, their adjusted analyses demonstrated that publication bias generally resulted in an underestimation of the positive effects of exercise. One of the interesting findings pertinent to my work with patients and athletes is that the largest effect sizes were found for outpatients, in patients without other clinical issues and when supervised by qualified exercise professionals.
Many healthcare professionals recommend exercise as a non-medication-based intervention for depression. A common resistance to exercise as medicine is that a depressed mindset doesn’t allow for the new behavior to take hold. Successful running groups such as Up and Running include trainers and psychologists in the running group.
Amplifying Performance Consulting is partnering with Spin at Donohoe Training @the Barn in Carlisle, MA to conduct a 45-minute spin class followed by a 45-minute process group for individuals addressing depression or anxiety. “Spin Mind Body” will be led by a certified spin instructor trained to inspire a positive mindset while safely modifying a class for all levels of physical fitness. A licensed mental health professional will participate in the spin class and conduct the group to follow. For more information, please contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org.