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How stopping exercise can worsen symptoms of depression

Published : Mar 26, 2018, 2:30 pm IST
Updated : Mar 26, 2018, 2:30 pm IST

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Your symptoms of depression can worsen in three days if you stop working out.

Researchers reviewed six studies that looked into the impact of stopping physical activity in people with the mental health condition, the Daily Mail reported. They found symptoms like low mood showed up almost immediately.  

"It is important that people understand the potential impact on their mental well-being when they suddenly cease regular exercise," study author Professor Bernhard Baune, from the University of Adelaide, told the Daily Mail.

Researchers have found that exercise increases endorphins, which helps boost your mood and help you relax.

According to the report, to maintain health and prevent depression, you need:
* 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week
* Or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise f

The study also found no exercise affected women more than men.

Tags: depression, mental health, health, exercise, physical activity