New research has found that even relatively small amounts of exercise can have a dramatic impact upon our wellbeing.
According a study conducted by the Black Dog Institute in Australia, just one hour of exercise per week could reduce cases of depression by 12%. Over 30,000 participants were monitored over the course of 11 years, for symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as their activity levels.
Associate Professor Samuel Harvey of the Black Dog Institute commented that, 'these findings are exciting because they show that even relatively small amounts of exercise – from one hour per week – can deliver significant protection against depression."
What is also encouraging is that the exercise can be spilt into smaller more manageable chunks without a loss in benefit. Making small changes to our daily routines can make a difference.
The belief is that exercise has such a positive impact because of its effect on us, not only physically, but also socially. Exercise combined...