Getting healthier could make you happier in our old age…

Getting healthier could make you happier in our old age…

If you’re someone who suffers with depression or indeed someone who gets a little down at times then you may be interested to know that a bit of exercise could actually help you now and in the future.

A meta-analysis spanning twenty six years’ worth of data has revealed that as well as light exercise and activity being something that can treat depression, it can also prevent it – particularly in old age.

In a staggering twenty five out of thirty previous studies undertaken there has been a link between those who undertake little activity being diagnosed with some form of depression later in life and those who have not.  The latter tends to have had a more active lifestyle.

The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and it recommends that with just twenty to thirty minutes of activity a day (including things like walking or gardening) you could prevent depression in later life.

The Mental Health Foundation has estimated that one in five elderly people will suffer with depression during their life time, something that increases the risk of developing things like dementia.  According to the British Medical Journal, those with depression are also more likely to suffer from Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain, disability strokes and dementia.

We all know that any form of exercise is meant to be good for the body and mind but the fact that it can help prevent something that debilitates people in the UK so often should be a good enough reason to get a little more active sooner rather than later.

It’s easy to put-off that exercise for another day but many people claim that once they start, they feel better in themselves, making more exercise enjoyable rather than a chore.

 

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