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British Journal of Psychiatry – Study Reveals The Mental Health Benefits Of Regular Physical Activity

November 3, 2010

A study that has been getting some attention in the media has show that people who exercise regularly are less likely to exhibit symptoms of depression.

People who engage in regular physical activity – however intense – are less likely to have symptoms ofdepression, according to new research published in the November issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Crucially, researchers have also found that this activity needs to be taken in people’s leisure time if they are to feel the benefits. The study showed that people who exert themselves at work, by doing lots of walking or lifting, are no less likely to be depressed than people with sedentary jobs.
Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London teamed up with academics from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the University of Bergen in Norway to conduct the study. They asked 40,401 Norwegian residents how often they engaged in both light and intense physical activity during their leisure time. Light activity was defined as an activity that did not lead to being sweaty or out-of-breath, while intense activity did result in sweating or breathlessness. The residents were also asked how physically active they were at work, underwent a physical examination and answered questions regarding symptoms of depression and anxiety.


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