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Exercise does not help beat depression

A STUDY into whether physical activity alleviates the symptoms of depression has found there is no benefit.

Research published in the British Medical Journal suggests that adding a physical activity intervention to usual care did not reduce symptoms of depression more than usual care alone.

This contrasts with current clinical guidance which recommends exercise to help those suffering from the mental illness, which affects one in six adults in Britain at any one time.

To carry out the study researchers recruited 361 patients aged 18 to 69 years who had recently been diagnosed with depression.

Trial participants were then split into two groups to receive different care and were followed for 12 months to assess any change in their symptoms.