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“Boul­der­ing,” a form of rock climb­ing at mod­er­ate heights with­out ropes or har­nesses, ap­pears to re­duce symp­toms of de­pres­sion, new re­search sug­gests. It com­bines as­pects of mind­ful­ness with phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, both of which have been shown in pre­vi­ous re­search to lessen de­pres­sion, notes study co-au­thor Eva-Maria Stelzer, a Ph.D. can­di­date in psy­chol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Arizona. “It re­quires in­di­vid­u­als to be present in the mo­ment and thus takes their mind off wor­ries,” Stelzer says. Boul­der­ing’s so­cial as­pects and the sense of achieve­ment it of­fers also might help al­le­vi­ate de­pres­sion, she adds.

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