The Positive Effects that Exercise can have on Reducing Depression

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Given the high prevalence of depression in the modern world, more research is needed to identify all the factors that cause and might prevent depression.  Increasingly, physical activity is being recognized as an effective tool for treating and preventing depression.  Recently, The University of Toronto reviewed and examined whether physical activity is protective against the onset and the reduction of depression by compiling large amounts of data compiled from previous studies.

The professors from the University of Toronto analyzed over 26 years worth of scientific research and concluded that even moderate levels of physical activity, such as walking for 20-30 minutes a day, can reduce depression in people of all ages.

Exercise makes people feel good in our mind and in our bodies due to chemicals in the brain that are released when we exercise. If exercise is something you associate with feeling good, you will be more likely to seek it out and make physical activity a part of your daily routine.  Humans were not meant to sit still for long periods of time.  Sitting in front of a computer all day at the office is not what we were built for.  Humans were meant to be active for the benefits to both our physical and mental health.

So after you finish reading this blog… go out and get some exercise!  You may find that you feel better if you do.  Doctor’s orders!

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