Can one hour of exercise a week prevent depression?

A large study backs integrating exercise into mental health plans

Just one hour of exercise a week seems to have an impact on depression, an Australian study suggests.


Researchers from the Black Dog Institute and University of NSW looked at the experiences of 33,908 Norwegian adults.

They tracked both their levels of exercise and symptoms of depression and anxiety over an 11-year period.

Their findings showed that 12% of cases of depression could have been prevented if participants had exercised at any intensity for one hour each week.

“These findings are