Exercise has long been known as a treatment for depression, but a new study from JAMA Psychiatry found that working out can also prevent depression. The study followed 191,130 adults for at least three years to analyze depression rates and exercise levels. The results suggest that moderately exercising for 150 minutes a week, which is just over 20 minutes a day, reduces your risk of depression by 25%. For those who exercised for 75 minutes a week, risk was lowered by 18%. Exercise and mental health go hand in hand— working out releases endorphins and encourages optimism. Who’s ready to hit the gym?
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