Feeling Depressed? Go Out And Exercise.

It's a good preventive measure, too.

Many studies have shown that exercising regularly is one way to alleviate depression. But what most don’t know is that working out is also a way to prevent it from happening in the future, particularly for middle aged women.

In a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers discovered that women who engage in physical activity are more likely to ward off depression caused by aging and health deterioration. The researchers looked into 10 years’ worth of data from 2,891 women between ages 42 and 52, and were asked to fill up questionnaires about their exercise habits and emotional and psychological health. 

The researchers found that  women who engaged in at least 150 minutes of physical activity in a week were less depressed than those who did not. 

They concluded, “Our findings suggest that motivating midlife women to maintain at least some level of moderate-intensity physical activity may be protective against depressive symptoms, with some activity better than inactivity.”

Source: time.com

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