Moderate Exercise Prevents Depression

by Sheela Philomena on Oct 29 2013 1:23 PM

 Moderate Exercise Prevents Depression
Moderate physical activity prevents episodes of depression in the long term, reveals study.
George Mammen, who was supervised by Professor Guy Faulkner, a co-author of the review, analyzed over 26 years' worth of research findings to discover that even low levels of physical activity (walking and gardening for 20-30 minutes a day) can ward off depression in people of all age groups.

The findings come at a time when mental health experts want to expand their approach beyond treating depression with costly prescription medication.

Mammen acknowledges that other factors influence a person's likelihood of experiencing depression, including their genetic makeup.

The study is published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.