A study of the genetics of 300-thousand people suggests that exercise can help prevent depression.
The international study, which uses the power of modern genomics, shows a causal link between exercising and avoiding depression.
Professor Anthony Hannan from the Florey Institute says the authors have been able to show the average person – who increases their levels of physical activity – CAN reduce their risk.
Mr Hannan says the latest study produces a very higher level of evidence that goes on top of all the evidence that physical is good for you. It’s good for your brain, it’s good for your body and this particular study suggests exercise can protect people from depression.
In recent years it’s been suggested that at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity cardio exercise per week is beneficial for both physical and mental health.