Lean and Not Mean
Becky HolmanYou’re happier when you do cardio
If you or someone you know takes antidepressants, exercise may be a better solution. Scientists at the Cooper Institute in Golden, Colorado, did a 12-week study with 80 people who were mildly to moderately depressed. The researchers found that walking a treadmill and riding a stationary bike reduced symptoms of depression by 47 percent; however, only those who worked out for three hours a week got the good-mood ’tude. The benefit may have something to do with increases in serotonin and other brain chemicals that alter mood. So get on that treadmill with a smile.