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Can Walking Ease Depression? Scientists Claim 200 Minutes Weekly Does It

A half an hour walk daily might do the trick to ease depression, a recent study says.

The data gathered from around 1 904 middle-aged women from Australia who enlisted their participation for the research revealed that 200 minutes of walking per week are enough to enhance the quality of life of individuals struggling with depression, by providing them with increased energy and confidence.

While many of us still prefer to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye at how depression is claiming the lives of so many – be it, by way of death or living deaths – the condition is gaining grounds into our world further and further. The statistics depicting the reach and impact of depression on the global population is growing more and more alarming. For instance, one in seven Australians is affected by depression. Around 40 million Americans are said to be suffering from the life-sucking condition. Furthermore, it seems that women are more vulnerable to depression than their male counterparts.

Further exacerbating the predicament of depression is the difficulty in treating it. Experts are forever trying to find holistic methodologies that would relieve patients of the illness and arm them to cope with the feeling and effects thereof. The authors of the new paper, led by Kristiann Heesch, attempted to study the effects of exercising and walking on the physical and emotional health of women who suffer from depression. They also laid emphasis on how much of the exercise would the person need to boost himself.

The participants related having had symptoms of mild to moderate depression. They were surveyed from 2001 to 2010 to have a clear idea as to how their state evolved over time.

It was found that women who had an average 150 minutes of moderate exercise that included activities like tennis, aerobic classes, swimming, or 200 minutes of walking per week felt considerably better emotionally and coped with depression better.

Another significant finding was that the psychological effect of the exercise was more pronounced than the physical overall benefits for those women.

Lead author, Heesch, said in a statement that: “The good news is that while the most benefits require 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity or 200 minutes of walking, even smaller amounts… can improve well-being”.

Furthermore, the authors concluded that the more physical exercice women in their 50s or 60s indulge in, the more will they reap the benefits thereof.


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