Stopping regular exercise can increase depression risk, revealed new study. "An extensive body of clinical evidence shows that regular exercise can reduce and treat depression. However, there is limited research into what happens with depressive symptoms when exercise is stopped," said co-author Julie Morgan from the University of Adelaide. "Adequate physical activity and exercise are important for both physical and mental health," Morgan noted. ‘People with depression who stop daily exercising could see their depressive symptoms worsen in just three days.’ For the study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, researchers investigated the cessation of exercise in 152 adults. The adults had each undertaken at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times a week, for a minimum of three months. "In some cases, ceasing this amount of exercise induced significant increases in depressive symptoms after just three days," said co-author Bernhard Baune, Professor at the University of Adelaide. "Other studies showed that people's depressive symptoms increased after the first one or two weeks, which is still quite soon after stopping their exercise," Baune added. The researchers noted that the depressive symptoms arising from stopping exercise occurred in the absence of the typical biological markers commonly involved with depressive symptoms. Depressive symptoms were significantly higher in female participants than in male participants. "For now, it is important that people understand the potential impact on their mental well-being when they suddenly cease regular exercise," Baune said. A previous study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, showed that people of all ages can gain mental health benefits from even small amounts of exercise. Source: IANS << One-third of Rural Women in India Unaware of Breast Cancer Weight Loss Surgery may Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease and R... >> Recommended Reading Holistic Management for Depression Depression is a common disorder and many worldwide suffer from depression. Early recognition of symptoms and signs of depression can help in taking a holistic approach to the management of depression. READ MORE Exercise It is important for us to understand the power of daily exercise. Only then can we motivate ourselves to inculcate the habit of exercise on a daily basis. READ MORE Fitness and Exercise Calorie Calculator for Weight Loss Fitness and Exercise Calorie Calculator for Weight Loss accurately estimates the number of calories burned during a workout. READ MORE Foods to Beat Depression Depression can be a severe mental health problem that can lead to other health issues. Find top foods that can help fight depression. READ MORE Andropause / Male Menopause Andropause or male menopause causing low libido in a man is due to decreasing level of male hormones, like testosterone. Symptoms of andropause are depression, irritability. READ MORE Bereavement Bereavement is a word used to denote grief, pain and sadness following the loss of a loved one. READ MORE Depression Depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting approximately 340 million people in the world. No one is immune from depression - it occurs in people of all social classes, all countries and all cultural settings. READ MORE Exercise and Fitness Exercise is about revamping your lifestyle, not just weight loss. Exercise to get healthy – that way, you’ll last longer at it and get better results. READ MORE Lifestyle Modification: No Big Deal! Simple and practically possible lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in improving our health status without actually putting much effort. READ MORE Pregnancy and Complications In-depth guide for expecting mothers to overcome health complications related to early or late pregnancy. Anemia, urinary infection, diabetes, premature labor to name a few. READ MORE Tips to Live Longer Though life is temporary and short, it is possible to maximize the span of our existence by living healthy and savoring every moment of life, read our tips to live longer READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Hearing Loss Calculator Diaphragmatic Hernia Drug - Food Interactions More News on: Adolescence DepressionDepressionDiet Lifestyle and Heart DiseaseStress Relief Through Alternative MedicineAndropause / Male MenopauseTips to Live LongerPregnancy and ComplicationsBereavementExercise and FitnessLifestyle Modification: No Big Deal!