At the University of Durham, North Carolina, a study was carried out on the use of physical activity to beat depression and it showed that physical exercise is not only as effective as medication, but that it can even be an alternative to medicine.
This study was conducted on 156 volunteers suffering from depression. The researchers divided the patients (who were all 50+) into three groups, of which:
A sad mood is the main symptom of depression but depression itself can be a normal reaction or a pathological state. The difference between feeling depressed and the mental illness called depression is that people suffering from depression are not able to get out of this state which they find themselves in on their own and their depression tends to aggravate them, preventing them from leading a normal life. Depression is categorised into two groups by psychiatrists:
The effects of physical activity
Physical exercise treats depression in five ways:
What type of physical activity should we do?
The answer is whatever you like! What is important though, is that you do it two or three times a week, or even every day. Walking, cycling, swimming, practising a sport and gardening are all recommended. You need to enjoy it and feel satisfied.
The most accessible and simple physical activity is walking!
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RECOMMENDED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
...and what does it correspond to? See the examples below:
Time needed to consume the recommended calories