Daily Light Exercise Can Lower Depression Risk


Many of us have days when all we want to do is lounge about on the couch or stay in bed from dawn to night. Even though kicking back occasionally can be enjoyable, researchers from the University of Limerick have found yet additional benefit to getting some exercise, especially for elderly people. According to their research, daily physical activity in little amounts can lower the chance of developing depression.

According to this study, which was carried out in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin, a “dose” of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking, five days a week for 20 minutes, was associated with a lower risk of major depression and depressive symptoms.

Of fact, depression is a disorder that affects older persons more frequently. Meanwhile, a number of important risk factors for serious chronic illnesses like cognitive decline, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, and even a higher chance of mortality and suicide are associated with depression.

According to estimates, depression accounts for five to ten percent of all disorders in Europe. The economic toll of the Great Depression is currently estimated to be over $210.5 billion in the United States alone. Therefore, a primary goal for both scientists and doctors is focusing on possibly simple and affordable health and lifestyle treatments that could lower the risk of depression.

Recent research has found that people who are at risk for depression can benefit from engaging in Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA).

A 20-minute daily dose of MVPA (brisk walking) for five days per week was linked to a 16 percent reduced rate of depressive symptoms and a 43 percent lower risk of developing major depression.

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