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Activity may be better than an anti-depressant!

Less than one hour a week of brisk activity can relieve major depression as well as the need for antidepressants -- and the effect is long lasting.

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center took a second look at 156 depressed people who had participated in a 16-week exercise study.

At the end of the study, those in the exercise group showed the same reductions in depressive symptoms as those who received the medication.

Can exercise help you overcome depression?

Ask your doctor. If you've been diagnosed with depression, consult your doctor before beginning a program -- especially if you've been inactive.

A little goes a long way. All it takes is 30 minutes of exercise three times a week to see an improvement.

Add up those minutes. Can't fit in 30 minutes at a stretch? Go for shorter bouts, and tally up your efforts. It's the accumulation of minutes that has benefit.

By News Staff Reporter Lisa Muehlbauer, compiled from staff and wire reports.

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