Exercisers Have Lower Risk for Depression

Researchers analyzed 15 existing studies with data on exercise and depression, finding an association between physical activity and depression risk.

The investigators estimated that almost 12% of cases of depression could have been prevented with a certain amount of exercise.

Physical activity was associated with significant mental health benefits, even when someone wasn't exercising as hard or as often as public health

People engaging in brisk walking for 2.5 hours a week had a lower risk of depression than those who didn't exercise at all, the study found..

"Any movement, every movement, every step counts. It doesn't have to be as much as you need for physical health.

Depression affects about 280 million people throughout the world and is the leading cause of mental health-related disease burden, the study noted.

In treating depression, there is a role for exercise, for psychotherapy, for taking away drugs of abuse and for adding medications.

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