It is well established that exercise is beneficial for physical well-being, but new studies suggest that it can aid in reducing depression episodes even in people who are genetically predisposed.
Researchers found that despite having a higher genetic depression risk score, people that regularly exercised were less likely to experience depression episodes.
The scientists estimated that an additional 4 hours of exercise per week decreased the risk of a depression episode by almost 20%. In fact, both high and low intensity exercise types were deemed to lower the risk of depression.
The team suggests that physicians should consider prescribing physical activity for people at risk of having depression.