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Re­searchers have found that just one hour of ex­er­cise ev­ery week can help pre­vent de­pres­sion. The re­sults showed that peo­ple of all ages can gain men­tal health ben­e­fits from even small amounts of ex­er­cise.

The anal­y­sis in­volved 33,908 Nor­we­gian adults who had their lev­els of ex­er­cise and symp­toms of de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety mon­i­tored over 11 years. The team found that 12 per cent of cases of de­pres­sion could have been pre­vented if par­tic­i­pants un­der­took just one hour of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity each week.

“We’ve known for some time that ex­er­cise has a role to play in treat­ing symp­toms of de­pres­sion, but this is the first time we have been able to quan­tify the pre­ven­ta­tive po­ten­tial of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in terms of re­duc­ing fu­ture lev­els of de­pres­sion,” said lead au­thor Sa­muel Har­vey, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor at Black Dog In­sti­tute and Univer­sity of New South Wales in Aus­tralia. “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,” Har­vey said.

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