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Moderate Physical Activity Every Day Helps Relieve, Prevent, Depression

October 28, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Mild exercise – walking, gardening, etc. – for as little as 20-30 minutes a day is good for mental as well as physical health, according to new U.S. research. A systematic review of 26 years’ of scientific research – 25 clinical studies – found that regular moderate exercise not only helps relieve depression, it can help prevent the onset of depression later in life. “From a population health perspective, promoting physical activity may serve as a valuable mental health promotion strategy in reducing the risk of developing depression,” the researchers concluded.
George Mammen & Guy Faulkner , "Physical Activity and the Prevention of Depression", American Journal of Preventive Medicine, October 28, 2013, © Elsevier Inc.
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