Mental Health/Nervous System
Walking Shown Again to be Effective Anti-Depressant
Summary: Scottish researchers at the University of Sterling proved once again that walking is an effective antidepressant. The challenge is motivating individuals to move more during the day. TrekDesk Treadmill Desks make it automatic.
New research out of Scotland’s University of Sterling, published this month in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity showed that walking had a “large effect” on reducing the symptoms of depression. The challenge, especially among those currently experiencing symptoms of depression, is motivating individuals to move more throughout the day. TrekDesk Treadmill Desks make walking automatic, requiring no extra motivation or time out of the day.
The researchers analyzed more than 14,672 articles focusing on eight trials involving 341 patients. Study results reported that walking posed a significant effect on depression symptoms but cautioned that individuals should undertake walking regimens under the supervision of physicians if their aim is to eradicate symptoms of depression.
A CDC report on the mental health of Americans showed an estimated 9% of U.S. adults meet the criteria for clinical depression. The state by state breakdown reported the lowest rate in North Dakota at 4.8% and the highest rate of depression in Mississippi at 14.8%. A regional breakdown showed the highest rates of adult depression in the Southeast.
Lela McKnight-Eily, a clinical psychologist and epidemiologist at the CDC related these higher concentrations may be due to higher rates of obesity, heart disease, stoke and sleep patterns all of which are caused in part by sedentary lifestyles. These conditions are mitigated by continual daily movement as offered by the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk.
This is not the first study to show the curative powers of walking and its effect on depression. A major study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, showed that adults aged 20 to 45 with mild to moderate depression who participated in 30-minute aerobic exercise sessions three to five times a week reduced their symptoms by almost 50 percent. Studies at Harvard University found similar results and found that symptoms were impacted in as little as three weeks and walking was more effective than the most commonly prescribed drugs to fight depression. All studies stressed the importance of physician care and oversight to monitor the patient.
“The list of health conditions exacerbated by lack of physical activity should not surprise us any longer,” stated TrekDesk CEO Steve Bordley. “We should be looking into the rates of depression that are a direct result of sedentary lifestyles, that would be an eye opener to say the least.”
About TrekDesk Treadmill Desks: Designed to fit any existing treadmill, TrekDesk treadmill desk is an affordable, full sized, height adjustable workstation that allows individuals the opportunity to gain the necessary amount of exercise daily to maintain health, prevent disease, strengthen muscles, boost mood and productivity, without requiring additional time during the day or extra motivation. Let TrekDesk show you how to workout at work.