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A new study from McMaster University shows physical activity may help seniors fight depression.

A group of men 65 years and older followed a 12-week exercise plan, which combined stationary bike workouts and strength training exercises. After the 12 weeks, researchers analyzed participants’ blood samples and muscular strength.

The findings were what they expected: the exercise enhanced overall physical wellness. Surprisingly, subjects also displayed a substantial decrease in depression symptoms.

For a population that’s sometimes resistant to treatments like talk therapy, this study suggests exercise-focused treatments could be a beneficial therapy alternative for seniors with depression.


McMaster University. (2019, February 7). Working it out: Researchers find exercise may help fight depression in seniors. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 21, 2019 from

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is a staff writer at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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