Bellevue Personal Training | Exercise and Depression

Research continues to show that exercise, no matter if it’s in green spaces or within the gym, is a helpful preventative against depression. A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry, 2019, states that15 minutes of vigorous activity or one hour of moderate activity may significantly reduce the risk of major depression. Moderate activity is defined as something like walking or gardening.

This particular study relied heavily on genome data. Genome data came from large scale genome association databases, collecting information from 611,583 male and female adults. Lead study author, Karmel Choi, PhD, of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Genomic Medicine stated: “Using genetic data we found evidence that higher levels of physical activity may causally reduce risk for depression.”

As we know and understand all too well, it’s one thing to realize physical activity is helpful in preventing depression ~ another entirely to empower yourself or others be physically active. One sure fire way to motivate yourself and others is to have a friend, co-worker or sibling engage in the activity with you. Remember what the famous philosopher, Lao Tse said: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”!

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