Exercise Treats, Can Prevent Depression
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Moderate exercise has been prescribed to help treat the effects of depression for years, but a new longitudinal study has shown it may be effective in preventing the disease.
Researchers at the University of Toronto analyzed data from 26 years’ worth of research, and found that even small amounts of physical activity can help fend off depression in people of all ages. The researchers say even walking or gardening for 20 t0 30 minutes a day can have this effect.
“We need a prevention strategy now more than ever,” study author George Mammen was quoted as saying. “Our health system is taxed. We need to shift focus and look for ways to fend off depression from the start.”
For more information, go to: http://media.utoronto.ca/media-releases/moderate-exercise-not-only-treats-but-prevents-depression/
SOURCE: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, October 2013
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