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Depression is reduced by physical activity, but there’s a limit, finds study

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 09 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3446
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

People who are regularly physically active have fewer days when they rate their mental health as “not good” than those who are not physically active, a large observational study has found.

The biggest effects were seen among those who spent 45 minutes exercising, three to five times a week. All types of physical activity were beneficial, from housework, gardening, and looking after children to running, cycling, and skiing. And everyone benefited irrespective of age, gender, racial groups, and income.

The British and American researchers said that, although physical activity was proven to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and mortality from all causes, its association with mental health remained …

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