Researchers in the U.K. searched eleven databases for randomized, controlled trials of walking as a treatment intervention for depression. 14,672 retrieved articles yielded eight that met criteria for inclusion; meta-analysis supported walking as a promising treatment for depression or depressive symptoms with few, if any, contraindications. The effect that the researchers found was both large and statistically significant. Results will appear in Mental Health and Physical Activity.
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