Benefits essentially were the same whether people went to the gym twice a week or five times a week.
.. resistance exercise often substantially reduces people’s gloom, no matter how melancholy they feel at first, or how often — or seldom — they actually get to the gym and lift.
.. being physically fit substantially reduces the risk that someone will develop clinical depression. Other studies and reviews have found that exercise also can reduce symptoms of depression in people who have been given diagnoses of the condition.
.. One 2017 analysis of past research had found that strength training can help people feel less anxious and nervous... Perhaps most interesting, the amount of weight training did not seem to matter. The benefits essentially were the same, whether people went to the gym twice a week or five times a week and whether they were completing lots of repetitions of each exercise or only a few... And people did not need to pack on mass or might to reduce their depression. More strength after the experiment did not correlate with less depression, the researchers found... weight training and aerobic exercise have similar impacts on depression, the authors of the new review conclude.
Both types of exercise reduced symptoms, and to about the same extent.