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Exercise Is Medicine

What Exercise Can — and Can’t — Do for Your Mental Health

The science says it works, but anyone who’s been depressed can tell you it’s not as simple as just going for a run

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8 min readJan 8, 2020


This story is part of Exercise Is Medicine, a special report from Elemental that covers the incredible healing



Dana G Smith

Health and science writer • PhD in 🧠 • Words in Scientific American, STAT, The Atlantic, The Guardian • Award-winning Covid-19 coverage for Elemental