8-minute work­outs slash de­pres­sion risk by 44%

First For Women - - Health -

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.

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