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Gym-obsessed men at 'significantly' higher risk of depression, study warns
I have never been "gym-obsessed," so your link doesn't apply to me.
In my undergraduate days, running 2-5 miles a day and/or soccer matches were of great assistance in getting through a STEM program that required 60+ hours a week of study+lab+class. Clear out the cobwebs. Sound body in a sound mind,doncha' know.
But the big time collegiate athletics programs, which can require up to 8 hours a day spent on a sport + working out, go way too far.
As is pretty much always the case, 'exercise' in that study means running, not resistance exercises. But, seeing as how difficult it would be to teach a mouse how to squat and deadlift, I guess that's the best we can expect. :-)
For a study on brain impact, aerobic exercise is probably the ideal type anyway. Why is there any need to aim for something allegedly “better”?
I’ve done all kinds of different types of exercise in my life and while all exercise — including walking — is good for our brains, the aerobic types for long time periods (30 minutes or more) seem to (subjectively) multiply those positive effects at least a bit. YMMV.
Mine was more of a comment on how whenever 'exercise' is mentioned, 9 times out of 10, people think of running, despite the many advantages strength training has over running in terms of general health and long term outcomes.
But, now that you mention it:
(Sorry for the ugly links, the [url] tags were blocking me from posting.]
Moderating Effects of Exercise Duration and Intensity in Neuromuscular vs. Endurance Exercise Interventions for the Treatment of Depression: A Meta-Analytical Review
"Thus, we conclude that neuromuscular exercise interventions (i.e., strength training - RJP) can be more effective than endurance exercise interventions in the treatment of depression."
Training is limited somewhat because of the Covid rules, we each have to stay in our own little marked-off block and do limited exercises. But I've lost 11 pounds, have a lot more energy and ability to concentrate at work, and recently find that my quality of sleep has been improving.
I was suffering a massive case of what I call "Covid Rot," being largely cooped up at home for the last year and a half with no exercise and spending all day and night on the computer. (There were periods where you could not go out of your house except for essential activities, and you could get arrested if you even did something like try to walk in your local park.) I put on a large amount of weight and some days could barely drag myself out of bed. Most nights I slept poorly with my dreams mostly being nightmares and waking up with panic attacks. That is gone now.