Friday 21 October 2016

Exercise to help curb depressive symptoms

Published 26/01/2016 | 02:30

A jog or a run
A jog or a run

Middle-aged and older Irish adults with high levels of physical activity report greater participation in social activities, less anxiety, better quality of life, and less loneliness compared to those who are less active.

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The new research comes from data from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin.

It found middle-aged and older adults with low levels of physical activity are over twice as likely to have clinically relevant depressive symptoms as those with high levels of physical activity.

It said women, older adults, those in employment and people who are not engaged in non-church related social activities should be targeted.

Those living in built-up areas such as apartments should be encouraged to be more active.

Dr Orna Donoghue, project manager on TILDA said: "Walking is a simple and accessible activity for most people and walking just 150 minutes is sufficient to achieve improved mental health and life quality."

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