8-minute workouts slash depression risk by 44%
Short daily exercise sessions at any intensity have powerful effects on mood, according to findings in The American Journal of Psychiatry. In an 11-year analysis of 33,908 adults, exercising as little as one hour a week—that’s just 81⁄ minutes
2 per day—reduced the risk of developing depression by 44% compared to doing no exercise. The authors say exercise increases the production of mood-boosting brain chemicals for an immediate benefit and also helps optimize sleep, which leads to a better regulated mood long-term.