Walk it out
Help stave off depression with just one hour of activity a week
It’s often the first item to drop off a packed schedule at this time of year, but a new study shows staying active is a great way to help fight the blues.
Australian researchers found 60 minutes of exercise a week, no matter how intense, can help protect against depression. In a large study led by the Black Dog Institute, data on more than 33,000 Norwegians also showed that those who don’t exercise are 44 per cent more likely to experience depression than those who exercise one to two hours a week.
“These findings are exciting because they show that even relatively small amounts of exercise – from one hour per week – can deliver significant protection against depression,” says lead author, associate professor Samuel Harvey from the School of Psychiatry at the University of NSW.