Excercise Cures Depression?

August 29th, 2007 by Paul Johnson

Many people believe in the power of excercise to help overcome chronic depression. Often it helps aid people to make serious changes in their life and break addictions. What does science really say on the issue though?

A few years ago a study was done by Belgian researchers. They found that excercise itself does not have a direct result on curing depression. Excercise is considered a aversive activity to a degree. Webster defines aversive as "causing avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior by using an unpleasant or punishing stimulus, as in techniques of behavior modification". The aversion of excercise causes a coping mechanism in depressed individuals. These coping mechanisms as a result, become helpful for those in depressed states.