EXERCISE COULD BE PRESCRIBED TO TREAT ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Scientists behind a study showing exercise can ease the symptoms of disorders like depression hope working out could one day be prescribed to mental health patients in hospitals.

The team behind the paper, published in the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine, set up a gym for hospitalized mental health patients at the University of Vermont Medical Center. They offered tailored exercise and nutrition programs to the patients, including a 60-minute, four-times-a-week workout schedule. A total of 100 patients signed up to participate in the study, and came from wards that dealt with conditions such as bipolar disorder, depression, borderline personality disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and schizophrenia.

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