A new study claims that exercising regularly for one hour can help prevent depression.
An international team of Researchers observed more than 30,000 people and found that 12 percent of cases of depression could have been prevented if each week participants began one hour of exercise.
Lead author Associate Professor Samuel Harvey from Black Dog Institute stated that one hour of physical activity reduces future levels of depression and their team is trying to determine exact reason of the protective effect of exercise. But they claim that both the physical and social benefits of physical activity affect the health.
“These results highlight the great potential to integrate exercise into individual mental health plans and broaden public health campaigns. If we can find ways to increase the population’s level of physical activity even by a small amount, then this is likely to bring substantial physical and mental health benefits,” said Samuel Harvey.
During exercise, natural chemicals in the brain releases for giving a sense of welfare to the person.
The Black Dog Institute’s recent Exercise Your Mood campaign was followed by the findings. The campaign continued throughout September and boosted Australians to improve their physical and mental health through exercise.
The Black Dog Institute is a non-profit organization which focuses on research, early prevention and treatment of depression and bipolar disorders that are known as mood disorders.
With worldwide changing lifestyles, rates of depression are growing. This finding notifies that even small lifestyle changes can crop significant mental health benefits.