It is well known that exercise has great benefits, both for physical and mental health.
Now a new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that just one hour a week of any type of exercise helps prevent depression in the future.
To reach this conclusion, a large study of analysis was conducted to more than 33 thousand adults, which revealed that those who did not exercise were twice as likely to suffer depression compared to those who exercised for an hour or two weeks.
The study also claims that 12% of cases of depression could be prevented by a small amount of regular exercise.
Exercise and Depression: A Key Link
Although the exercise has been shown to play a very important role in treating symptoms of depression, this is the first time that it has been possible to quantify the potential of prevention of physical activity in reducing levels of depression.
The study monitored exercise levels and their symptoms of depression and anxiety for 11 years.
The studies were able to prove that with little exercise great results can be obtained at mental health level. This could make exercise an effective tool for these types of treatments.
It should be clarified that, although there was a great impact on the levels of depression, in the cases of anxiety there was no association between the disorder and the intensity of the exercise.
The Benefits of Small Changes in our Lifestyle
The sedentary lifestyles are growing globally as levels of depression, so to experts, the results of this study are very relevant, because they suggest that small changes in our lifestyle, we can obtain significant benefits in our mental health.
The physical activity not only improves our physical health but also prevents all kinds of diseases, increases self – esteem and reduces depression.
You do not need to spend in the gym to do it, with only a few hours a week, you can get significant benefits in your quality of life. Do you have physical activity?