Kline, L. M., & Coleman, W. R. (2000). Strenuous exercise is associated with reductions in depression scores during final examinations. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 32(5), Supplement abstract 402.

This study evaluated the relationship between exercise and depression in college students (M = 173; F = 430) during the naturally occurring stress of examinations. Exercisers were divided into strenuous and non-strenuous groups. Another group of students (M = 67; F = 134), not taking examinations, served as controls.

Strenuous exercisers were less depressed than non-strenuous exercisers. Males had lower depression scores than females.

Implication. Strenuous exercise can lower depression in times of stress.

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