Physical Activity Can Help Prevent and Treat Mental Health

The New York Times reported on recent work published in Preventive Medicine, which linked exercise to not only decreased occurrence of depression, but also treatment of depression. The researchers synthesized work from numerous past studies containing data on over 1 million people.

Using this, the researchers were able to find that exercise has a “large and significant effect” on depression. However, this research is still in its infancy. More work must be done to conclusively prove a correlation, as well as to determine the ideal types and duration of exercise to ward off depression. 

Regardless, the message of the research is clear. Being active will not only help your physical health, but it will also help your mental health.

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