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A Proposal to Optimize Satisfaction and Adherence in Group Fitness Programs For Patients With Major Depressive Disorder.

It is clear that exercise can be a source of great support for patients with major depressive disorder. However, it is important to recognize that several multifactorial and intersecting challenges are associated with exercise for this patient population. Group fitness programs for this patient population have the potential to be cost-effective while serving as an avenue of social interaction for participants. From an administrative perspective, it is challenging to balance satisfaction and adherence in group fitness programs targeting patients with major depressive disorder. This article presents a proposal that highlights what the challenges may look like in practice and discusses 3 strategies for improving satisfaction and adherence with a group fitness program: diagnosis and needs assessment, exercise diversity, and ongoing evaluation.

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