It doesn't take a lot of exercise to fight depression, study says

It doesn't take a lot of exercise to fight depression, study says

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  • (CNN)Get up and move -- even small doses of physical activity, such as brisk walking, may substantially lower the risk of depression, according to a new data analysis.
  • Recommended levels of exercise in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include aerobic activity at moderate levels (such as a brisk walk) for 2.5 hours a week, along with a workout of all major muscle groups twice a week.
  • Adults who did activities equivalent to 1.25 hours of brisk walking per week had an 18% lower risk of depression compared with those who did not exercise, the study said.
  • Moving up to an "activity volume equivalent to 2.5 hours of brisk walking per week was associated with 25% lower risk of depression," the study authors said.

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