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Recent study suggest that just an hour of moderate exercise a week can significantly reduce the risk of getting depressed. Whatever your age or gender, regular exercise can work wonders for your mood.
33,908 Norwegian adults participated in the largest and most extensive study of its kind. They had their levels of exercise and symptoms of depression and anxiety monitored over 11 years. As a result the Australian researchers found that 12% of cases of depression could have been prevented. Just one hour of physical activity each week can make a difference. The study published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
“These findings are exciting because they show that even relatively small amounts of exercise – from one hour per week – can deliver significant protection against depression,” said Dr Harvey. “We are still trying to determine exactly why exercise can have this protective effect, but we believe it is from the combined impact of the various physical and social benefits of physical activity,” he continues.
“These results highlight the great potential to integrate exercise into individual mental health plans and broader public health campaigns. If we can find ways to increase the population’s level of physical activity even by a small amount, then this is likely to bring substantial physical and mental health benefits.”
Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/health/hours-exercise-week-keep-depression-bay/ .