Why Exercise Helps Depression

By Rolandas Malinauskas

Three hundred and fifty million people worldwide are affected by depression. In the United States, in 2013, estimates revealed that 6.7 percent of all American adults had suffered from a minimum of one major depressive episode during the past year. This was a total of 15.7 million adults. Estimates also show that around 17 percent of the American population will suffer at least one major depressive episode during their lifetime.

Physical health and depression can be interrelated.

The World Health Organization has stated that there are interrelationships at play between physical health and depression. One example of this is cardiovascular disease. The disease can lead to depression, just as depression may result in cardiovascular disease.

The WHO recommends that adults between 18 and 64 years old should engage in a minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity.

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