Lack of motivation is a common barrier to taking on a physical activity programme and a key presentation of depression. Evidence in depressed patients is limited however studies exist evidencing the increased sense of enjoyment with running and walking.(1,36,37)
Quality of Evidence
Grade C – Low quality
Strength of recommendation
Grade 1 – Strong recommendation
There is limited evidence in depression, but moderate evidence in general population studies that physical activity improves social outcomes. The expert group re-iterated the participation in group activities is only recommended if it is the patient’s choice.
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This evidence summary has been updated in 2022