Combining meditation with running/cycling to beat depression
A new study published in Translational Psychiatry, found that combining mental and physical training may help reduce depressive symptoms. The study consisted of 22 depressed and 30 non-depressed volunteers.
The volunteers were first taught basic meditation known as focused attention. It required them to sit quietly, focus on their breathing and count forwards and backwards to 10. This was continued for 20 minutes. The volunteers then engaged in slow walking meditation for 10 minutes which required them to pay close attention to each footfall.
This was followed by the physical component. The part required the volunteers to either run on a treadmill, jog or pedal on a bike for 30 minutes at a moderate pace (5 minute warmup and 5 minute cool down).
This was done twice a week over 8 weeks.
Result of the study showed a significant reduction in depressive symptoms in both depressed and non depressed individuals.