Walk it out

Help stave off de­pres­sion with just one hour of ac­tiv­ity a week

Weight Watchers Magazine (Australia) - - Food//Fit//Feel -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.