Saturday, September 22, 2018
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1hr #Exercise #Week #Protects #Against #Depression

The findings of this study suggest that surprisingly small amounts of low-intensity physical activity (60 minutes of exercise per week, without becoming breathless or sweating) can protect against future depression, regardless of age or gender.

This international research team was led by the Black Dog Institute in Australia who conducted an in-depth analysis of the Health Study of Nord-Trøndelag County (HUNT study) which is one of the largest and most comprehensive population-based health surveys ever undertaken. HUNT involved 33,908 male and female Norwegian adults who had their levels of exercise and symptoms of depression and anxiety monitored over an 11-year period.

The latest findings that just 60 minutes of easy exercise per week can act as a prophylaxis against future depression adds to a growing body of evidence that small doses of physical activity can reap huge psychological and physical health benefits.