just one hour of exercise prevents depression

You know that exercise can help you with your depression. But, it's tough when your struggling through depression to stick to your program every day. Don't let it get you down. You may get the benefit with less of the work.
It has long been known that exercise can help people struggling through depression. Amazingly, exercise may even be as effective as taking prescription antidepressants (Arch Intern Med 1999;159(19):2349-2356). But that study and others (BMJ 1985;291:109) have suggested that you might need to exercise at least three hours a week: a challenge not all people with depression may be up to.

But, a new study holds out the hope that you can might be able to get all the benefit with less of the exercise.

The massive study included 33,908 adults who were free of depression or other mental illnesses. It followed them for 11 years and monitored their exercise, their depression and their anxiety.

Though the exercise had no effect on anxiety, it did reduce the risk of becoming depressed, regardless of the intensity of the exercise. Excitingly, it didn’t require 3 hours: exercising at least one hour a week was associated with a 12% reduction in depression.

This study suggests that being active for as little as an hour a week is still beneficial for preventing depression.

And, if it seems to be too good to be true, this is not the first study to show that smaller amounts of exercise have an antidepressant effect: maybe even more than antidepressant drugs.


American Journal of Psychiatry 2017;doi.org/10.1176/appi.ajp.2017.16111223


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