This month, a study done by researchers at Rutgers University showed that the combination of meditation and aerobic exercise helped reduce the symptoms of depression in a group of students by 40%. Mental and physical training (MAP), when done together, empowered people with major depressive disorder to manage their negative thoughts and prevent them from feeling overwhelmed. Assistant Professor Brandon Alderman and Professor Tracey Shors explain that although scientists already studied the effects on depression of each of these practices separately, nobody had done a scientific study on their combined effects. Together “there is a striking improvement in depressive symptoms along with increases in synchronized brain activity.”
Depression affects nearly one in five Americans at some point in their life, most commonly arising during adolescence or young adulthood. Why not fight it off with your own internal energy and external power? By doing aerobic activity for thirty minutes followed by a thirty-minute meditation session twice a week for just two months, participants can fight depression and acquire new skills for processing information and coping with stressful or overwhelming thoughts or memories.
Read the full article here on the Rutgers University website.