April 24, 2018
Keeping fit can slash the risk of depression by a third, research reveals.
The benefit comes from hitting the National Health Service (NHS) target of 150 minutes of exercise a week. (NHS is part of England’s Department of Health and Social Care.)
It can include brisk walking, taking the stairs, cycling and gardening.
Experts claim it reduces stress and inflammation, both of which are linked to depression.
And feeling better physically is known to boost mental well-being. The latest findings come from analysis of studies around the world.
Greater levels of activity were linked to rising amounts of protection against depression.
… “The key message is that when it comes to reducing your chances of developing depression, some physical activity is better than none and the more you do the better your chances are.” [said Researcher Dr. Brendon Stubbs, head of physiotherapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust]
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