Spending some time doing housework like cleaning or even playing sports could help beat the blues, a study has suggested.
Mark Hamer and his colleagues at University College London, who wanted to find out what benefits arise from different types of physical activity, have suggested that such activities are enough to help banish depression and anxiety.
AdvertisementFor the study, researchers examined data from questionnaires filled in by almost 20,000 Scottish people as part of the Scottish Health Surveys, carried out every few years.
Around 3200 people reported suffering from anxiety or depression. However those who regularly wielded the mop or the tennis racket were least likely to suffer from the blues.Researchers found that one 20-minute session of housework or walking reduced the risk of depression by up to 20 per cent and a sporting session worked better, reducing risk by a third or more.Hamer said that in case housework or sports fail; try to find something physical to do.
"Something - even for just 20 minutes a week - is better than nothing," New Scientist quoted Hamer, as saying.
The study is published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
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