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Scientists at Duke University suggest regular exercise may alleviate the symptoms of depression as effectively as antidepressant medications. In a recent study, patients age 50 or older with major depressive disorders were tested in three groups: patients taking the
antidepressant Zoloft; patients in a supervised exercise program three times a week; and patients taking Zoloft and participating in the exercise group. At the end of the four-month treatment period, all three had significantly lower rates of depression. Six months later, those in the exercise group had lower depression relapse rates than those in the other two groups. The researchers explained that it is possible the exercisers gained a sense of control over their lives that was not experienced by the drug users. The study does not prove that exercise will relieve depression since group dynamics played a role. However, it is the beginning of ongoing studies on the role of exercise in reliving the symptoms of depression.

Tune-Up can be used successfully as a stress management program. Tune-Up is an instructional program which teachers you how to reach a higher level of vitality through aerobic exercise with resistance combined with massage, acupressure, and reflexology utilizing a massage belt.

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