One of the most well-known benefits of running is its ability to improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression.

A recent study suggests that regular running may have benefits for easing depression and anxiety.

The study was published in the Journal of Affective Disorders and presented by the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

It compared the effectiveness of running therapy with antidepressant medication for 141 patients diagnosed with anxiety or depression.

Out of the participants, 45 chose antidepressants, and 96 opted for running therapy, with both groups following a 16-week regimen.

Adherence to the running therapy protocol was lower (52%) compared to the antidepressant group (82%).

The antidepressant group took escitalopram, an SSRI medication, but the intake schedule was not specified.

Approximately 44% of participants in both groups showed improvements in depression and anxiety symptoms.

The running group exhibited physical improvements in weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, and heart function compared to the antidepressant group.

The study aimed to provide individuals with anxiety and depression a practical choice between treatments, acknowledging the challenges of maintaining an exercise routine.