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Health > Under the Rainbow7/28/04 IS Online

Prescription for Depression

By Austin Parker

Feeling a little down, lately?

Here's one quick and effective prescription: exercise.*

According to researchers, just 10 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise can enhance your mood and reduce symptoms associated with depression, including sadness, stress, fatigue and self-doubt.

But as with any medication, you should be aware of the potential side effects that come with exercise:

  • Improved confidence
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Positive coping skills
  • Positive thinking

And one of the best things about exercise: It's free!

*Exercise is a lifetime prescription for all ages. It may safely be combined with other depression-reducing activities. Repeat at least three times a week, or more, as needed. See your physician before starting any exercise regimen.

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