According to a study by the University of South Australia, physical activity is required to treat patients with anxiety, depression, and psychological distress. In the study, they analysed 97 reviews with 128,119 patients and that showed a positive correlation between physical activity for effective treatment of mental disorders.
The team of experts working on the subject had observed in previous studies that physical activity might have similar effects to psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy, but it was tough for clinicians to understand the evidence for physical activity in managing mental health disorders. The findings finally showed that physical activity helped in curing patients of depression, anxiety and distress. When the exercise levels were increased, the symptoms improved too, but the efficacy was not as much when the intensity was lower, even if it went on for a longer duration.
The study concluded that physical activity is a great way to reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety and psychological distress.