Exercise & Depression: Just One Hour of Exercise a Week Might Help Keep Depression Away by Joy Stephenson-Laws JD

Mental Health Fitness
a year ago
Exercise & Depression: Just One Hour of Exercise a Week Might Help Keep Depression Away

A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests that even a reduced workout schedule might still do wonders for your mental health. Even just an hour of exercise each week may help prevent depression. The study examined 33,908 overall healthy adults who had no signs of having a mental illness. Researchers found that 12 percent of future cases of depression could have been prevented if all participants had engaged in at least one hour of physical activity per week. The participants were followed for 11 years.

The study also found that “[u]ndertaking regular leisure-time exercise was associated with reduced incidence of future depression but not anxiety. The majority of this protective effect occurred at low levels of exercise and was observed regardless of intensity.” 

Depression continues to be a major concern in the U.S. It is reported that 1 in 5 people suffer from depression. So it is encouraging to know that there is a positive relationship between even relatively short periods of exercise and depression.

When it comes to performing physical activity, always talk to a competent healthcare professional about the exercises that are appropriate for your age and your health status.

Learn more about how much exercise you need for your age!

The content on 30Seconds.com is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information on this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal healthcare provider. The opinions or views expressed on 30Seconds.com do not necessarily represent those of 30Seconds or any of its employees, corporate partners or affiliates.

Take 30 seconds and join the 30Seconds community. Inspire and be inspired.

Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:

30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Benefits of Planks: 5 Ways Plank Exercises Help With Your Fitness Goals

​Burpees, Planks, Squats: How to Do These 3 Key Exercises & Why You Should Add Them to Your Fitness Workout

Circuit Training: Add These 7 Empowering Exercises to Your Circuit Training Workout

Don't Be Afraid of Dumbbells: Hand Weights Are a Smart Way to Exercise

Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
This is great news! Thank you for sharing, Joy Stephenson-Laws JD !

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Enterovirus 68 Respiratory Illness: The Symptoms You Need to Know

St. Jude Pediatric Infectious Disease Expert Says Children Are in a Very Dangerous Moment: ​240% Increase in Childhood COVID-19 Cases Since July

Mandating COVID-19 Vaccines: ​NFID Protects Employees By Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination

The First COVID-19 Vaccine Received Approval on August 23, 2021: What You Need to Know

Got 30 seconds? Sign up for 30Seconds.com and get the best of our tips each week!