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Stopping Exercise May Increase Depressive Symptoms

Depression is a mental and chemical disorder, but it’s linked to physical fitness as well. A recent study suggests that stopping exercise may increase depression symptoms.


For this meta-analysis, researchers examined data from six studies that looked at the effects of ceasing exercise on depression symptoms. The six studies had a total of 152 participants who had done at least 30 minutes of exercise three times per week for a minimum of three months.


The researchers found that depressive symptoms increased at three days, one week, and two weeks after exercise stopped. They also found that depressive symptoms were more pronounced in women than in men.


Researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia conducted the study. It was published in the July 2018 issue of the Journal of Affective Disorders.


Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. Previous clinical studies suggest that even moderate exercise may help with blood sugar control, body weight reduction, improved heart health, improved respiratory health and reduced risk of dying prematurely.

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