Definition: "An ergogenic aid is any substance or phenomenon that enhances performance "
Is the antidepressant effect of physical exercise superior to that of pharmacological antidepressants?
A reasonable dose of exercise - at least for non-athletes - is just as effective against depression in the short term as a pharmacological antidepressant. At least, according to a trial that appeared in Psychosomatic Medicine in 2000. According to this trial, in the longer term, exercise actually works better...
For 4 months, Babyak treated the subjects in one group with 50-200 milligrams of sertraline per day.
The subjects in the second group exercised for an hour 3 times a week. This meant that after a 10-minute warm-up, the subjects went jogging or cycling for 30 minutes at 70-85 percent of their maximum heart rate. The subjects concluded the session with a 5-minute cool-down.
The subjects in the third group took sertraline and exercised.
However, when Babyak visited as many of his test subjects as possible after 6 months, he saw that the group that had only exercised performed significantly better than the other groups.