Physical Activity Cuts Depression Risk by 16 Percent

October 16, 2014 8:15 AM

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If you ever questioned the effectiveness of physical activity against depression, now you have some answers. Scientists claim that the more physically active you are, the less chances there are to get depressed. Exercises have two combined effects. They boost your morale, as well as your health. The finding is highly important as more than 350 million people are diagnosed with depression, which is one of the most common mental illnesses in the world.

Researchers followed more than 11,000 people born in 1958 and asked them how often they exercised and about any depression symptoms. Participants were asked to answer to a set of questions when they were 23, 33, 42 and 50. By using the Malaise Inventory, researchers identified the levels of psycholo...

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