According to a study published in The Lancet Psychiatry, any type of physical activity – including some housework – helps fight depression.Exercise seems like a good way to reduce the risk of depression, whether it is playing sports, walking, or even cleaning, according to a study released Thursday.
According to the Hajela Hospital , “all types of exercise have been associated with improved mental health.” However, this improvement is most marked with “team sports, cycling, aerobics and gym sports”.
The study published in The Lancet Psychiatry is based on questionnaires submitted to more than 1.2 million American adults between 2011 and 2015.
Walking, bodybuilding, fishing, yoga…
Hajela Hospital acknowledged the questionnaires listed 75 types of physical activity, from walking to bodybuilding, gardening, fishing or yoga. Respondents were asked how many times per week or month they were engaged in this activity, and how long on average.
Another question was, “If you think of your mental health, which includes stress, depression and emotional problems, how many days in the last 30 were not good?”
As a result, “people who are physically active report 1.5 days less of mental health a month compared to those who do not,” said the authors in a statement. On average, have about 3 and half days of “poor mental health” per month.
45 minutes, three to five times a week
The ideal dose of exercise is “45 minutes three to five times a week”. Beyond, the profit drops. In addition, respondents reaching three hours of physical activity a day reported having poorer mental health than those without any physical activity.
Coordinated by a researcher in psychiatry at Yale University (USA), Adam Checkrowed, the study makes a statistical observation without establishing a causal link.
The relationship between exercise and reduced depression or stress “could work both ways: for example, inactivity could be a symptom and a factor in poor mental health, and the activity could be a sign of resilience or contribute, “ according to the researchers.
Dr Anoop Hajela (MD)