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Study: 12 Percent of Depression Could Be Prevented With 1 Hour of Exercise a Week

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  • In an 11-year study, people who engaged in regular leisure-time exercise for one hour a week were less likely to become depressed
  • Those who didn’t exercise were 44 percent more likely to become depressed compared to those who did so for at least one to two hours a week
  • Twelve percent of depression cases could be prevented by exercising at least one hour a week

By Dr. Mercola

Exercise has long been viewed as an antidote to depression, but for those in the throes of a depressive episode or even a blue mood, it can be hard to summon up the motivation to get moving. Recent research suggests, however, that even a minimal amount of exercise may be enough to combat depression in some people — as minimal as one hour a week. The study was large, involving nearly 34,000 adults who were healthy, with no symptoms of common mental disorders, at the start of the study.


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