10 Great Exercises to Keep Depression at Bay

Fight depression with these 10 great exercises.

Depression can hit at any time in your life. Often, the last thing you feel like doing is exercising, but studies show it can actually help you feel better. Research suggests performing an exercise program 30 minutes a day, 4-5 times a week, may help keep depression at bay, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve sleep and self-esteem. Gym membership not required! Many of these exercises can be performed at home or work.

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