How suddenly stopping exercise affects the mind

Depressive symptoms can occur after just three days

An extensive body of evidence shows that regular exercise can reduce and treat depression, but now it seems that abruptly halting this routine is a risk factor for the condition.

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A systematic review of studies of fit and healthy adults with no history of mental health problems has found that, in some cases, exercise cessation causes a significant increase in depressive symptoms after just three days.

It was also found that women are more prone to depression after stopping exercise than men.

The authors, from the