A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry has revealed that regular exercise (as little as one hour a week, any intensity) can prevent development of depression!
The results from the study show that even small amounts of exercise can protect against depression, with mental health benefits seen regardless of age or gender.
This is the the largest and most extensive study of its kind. It involved analyzing 33,908 Norwegian adults who had their levels of exercise and symptoms of depression and anxiety monitored over 11 years.
The international research team found that 12 percent of cases of depression could have been prevented if participants undertook just one hour of physical activity each week.
“We’ve known for some time that exercise has a role to play in treating symptoms of depression, but this is the first time we have been able to quantify the preventative potential of physical activity in terms of reducing future levels of depression,” said lead author Associate Professor Samuel Harvey from Black Dog Institute and UNSW.
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “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.”
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This is one of the strategies I talk about in my book “Depression, Get out NOW! 8 simple happiness habits to recover from depression”, which will be launched on October 29th on Amazon!
And the results from this study just adds on proof to what we have known for some time now! Which is we feel better after exercising, and doing it helps us manage better our feelings of depression!
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