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Exercise improves men's mental health

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Exercise alone or with talking therapies can improve the mental health of young men, an Irish study has found.

The study assigned over 100 sedentary men, aged 18 to 40, to either a 12 week programme of team sport integrated with cognitive-behavioural techniques, individual exercise sessions including aerobic and resistance training or a control group that refrained from exercise.

Subjects were then followed up for eight weeks.

“Exercise-based interventions were effective in reducing symptoms of depression in a non-clinical community sample of young men,” the authors said online in the British Journal of Health Psychology.

 

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