Depression News You Can Use: Exercise as Part of Leisure Time Improves Mood
There have been numerous studies to show that physical exercise can improve mood but now there is new research to show that the benefits greatly depend on the "fun" factor of your physical exertion.
A new study published in the November issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry found that people who have physically demanding jobs are are no less likely to experience depression than those who have sedentary jobs.
The researchers did find a significant relationship, however, between physical activity during leisure time and decreased symptoms of depression. People who did not engage in physical activities during their free time were almost twice as likely to experience symptoms of depression as compared to active individuals.
In addition, they found that it doesn't matter how intense your work out is to make a difference in lowering your risk for depression. When it comes to your mood, even light exercise where you don't break a sweat of get out of breath (walking comes to mind) can help with your mood.
The bottom line is that people who engage in leisure-time activities of any intensity are less likely to have symptoms of depression.
It makes sense to me. If you are doing something fun and it is getting you to move, you tend to feel better about your day.
So come on. No more excuses. Get off this computer and get up off your keister. Take a walk. Go for a bike ride. Stretch. Move. Do something! And enjoy it.
What do you do for physical activity as part of your leisure time?