Even a little exercise appears to prevent depression in new study

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Research conducted this month indicates a mental health benefit from regular exercise. The review found that people who reported being physically active were less likely to develop depression later on. This association was more pronounced in people who seemed to meet the recommended amount of exercise per week, but could still be seen in people who did half the exercise.

Exercising is one of the healthiest things anyone can do, and many studies in recent years have done just that Found It can maintain both the body and the brain. Physical activity a favour To help people with severe mental health issues as well, along with other treatments. But this new research, published In JAMA Psychiatry in April, he attempts to determine the protective effect that different levels of exercise may have in preventing depression.

The study reviewed data from 15 population studies, involving nearly 200,000 people. Importantly, these were prospective studies, meaning that people’s health outcomes were intentionally tracked from the start – by contrast, reference study We can only look back in time, which makes it difficult to confirm a cause-and-effect link between a factor and a health outcome. As part of these reviewed studies, participants were asked about their level of physical activity and their history of clinical depression was also recorded.

The study found that, compared to people who did not report being physically active, people who reported being physically active were less likely to have depression. More specifically, people who have achieved the minimum duration of exercise recommended by many public health organizations – the equivalent of approximately two and a half hours of brisk walking per Week – Risk of depression was 25% lower. But those who did half of that exercise still had an 18% lower risk, while only “slight additional benefits” were seen in people who exercised more. Based on their models, they also estimated that if less active people could meet the recommended level of physical activity, up to 11% of future cases of depression would be prevented.

The authors note that their work may overestimate the effect of exercise on depression risk. One possibility, for example, is that people with depression but not yet diagnosed at the start of the study would also be less likely to exercise. To help mitigate this potential problem, they only analyzed studies with the longest follow-up times (at least three years), but noted that some bias may still be present. The authors call for more Studies that can better rule out and reinforce any confounding factors A causal relationship between exercise and prevention from depression.

However, a lot of studies have found that exercise can be Direct and indirect effects On people’s well-being and risk factors for depression, from Mood boosts that people feel while exercising (a known hostility high) of the social bonding it can create for those who join a gym class or running group. This is just too Latest study To point out that no amount of exercise, however you get, is much better than no exercise at all.

The authors say the findings show that “significant mental health benefits can be achieved at levels of physical activity even below public health recommendations.”


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