Even a Little Exercise Fights Obesity
Survey Shows 1 to 2 Days a Week of Exercise Has Benefits for Physical and Mental Health
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The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index also examined depression and found it
too was related to exercise. People who report not having exercised in the past
week are almost twice as likely to have been diagnosed with depression as those
who claim to have exercised five to six days, the report says.
People who reported exercising daily were more likely to report having been
diagnosed with depression than those who exercised three to four days or five
to six days in the previous week.
"One cannot say whether regular exercise reduces depression or whether
depression reduces exercise," Pelham writes. "However, in the past decade,
researchers have conducted experimental and prospective studies that followed
depressed people over time. Such studies show exercise can ease feelings of
depression and improve mood."
Pelham's report says an intense exercise regimen could be physiologically
and psychologically taxing, because physical activity takes up considerable
time and energy.
"Exercising without ever giving one's body time to rest may be less ideal
than exercising five to six days per week," he writes.
"The findings not only support the notion that exercise may boost
well-being, but they also suggest that it is not necessary to exercise every
day of the week to reap meaningful physical and psychological benefits," says