I have often told my anxious and depressed patients that one of the most effective medication is exercise. Their response is often " but I don't have the desire to do it, it will not work".
It turns out that a new U.S. study finds that exercise can help reduce anxiety and depression, even when you don't feel like working out.
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder found that being forced to exercise -- for instance by a doctor or gym instructor -- helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression just as well as exercising voluntarily does.
Ok then, here is what I suggest for all of you skeptics who struggle with anxiety and/or depression: come on in, we will go for a nice bike ride on our newly reconstructed boardwalk!