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1 Hour of Exercise A Week Can Help Beat Depression!

“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,”

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Just an hour of moderate exercise a week can significantly reduce the risk of getting depressed, a new study finds. Whatever your age or gender, regular exercise can work wonders for your mood.

In the largest and most extensive study of its kind, the analysis involved 33,908 Norwegian adults who had their levels of exercise and symptoms of depression and anxiety monitored over 11 years. The Australian researchers found that 12% of cases of depression could have been prevented if participants undertook just one hour of physical activity each week. The study is published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Exciting findings…

“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 added. 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, he said.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/health/hours-exercise-week-keep-depression-bay/

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One comment

  1. Unsure if I believe this. I mean yes of course getting outside and getting those endorphins going will lift your mood, but treat or prevent depression? That’s typically a dietary thing.

    People who eat lots of sugar, vegans, alcoholics etc all tend to have higher chances of depression. I wonder if the diets of the test subjects were considered. Not a reliable study.

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