People who do one hour a week of any type of exercise, at any intensity level, have 44% lower risk of developing depression over a decade than people who do not exercise at all.
More exercise or more intense exercise is not better from a mental-health standpoint. Any type of physical activity, including simple walking, had the same benefit.
Source: Bottom Line Personal December 2017 Samuel Harvey, PhD, associate professor, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Sidney, Australia, and leader of an analysis of a Norwegian survey of nearly 34,000 adults, published in American Journal of Psychiatry.
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