Depressed? Work Out!

Becky Holman

Most fit people know this already, but its often good to be reminded, especially in the winter, when its easy to skip the gym. If youre feeling low, down or depressed, a quick workout may be all it takes to lift your spirits. A Duke Univeristy study proved that. The researchers had 156 depressed men and women, aged 50 and older, take the antidepressant sertraline (Zoloft) or participate in an aerobic-exercise program or do both. After 16 weeks the three groups had similar, significant improvements in symptoms.

So a brisk walk or a quick weight workout may be all it takes to get you out of the doldrums. One more reason a bare-bones home gym is a great ideafor physical and mental health. (Get a PowerBlock set and an adjustable bench immediately.)