Mostly people use the word ‘depression’ as a synonym for an extreme state of unhappiness and distress. A depressed person loses interest in daily activities, is unable to concentrate, has low energy levels, low self-esteem and one can notice significant change in body weight. Fortunately, depression can be easily treated with combination of therapies and medication. One of the effective tools against depression is exercise. It strengthens mind-body connection and helps to fight depression.
According to a study published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine, to fight depression a minimum of half an hour exercise three days a week is needed. This study compared two groups of depressed patients and found that patient who had exercise 80 minutes in a week had very little mental health benefit. On the contrary, the patients who put in 3-4 hours of their time to exercise on weekly basis had substantial reduction in symptoms of depression.The study further revealed that the remission rate of the latter group of patients was so good that it could be compared to people who undergo depression treatments such as drug and cognitive behaviour therapies.
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