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Stopping exercise may result in increased depressive symptoms.
This is what a new mental health research from the University of Adelaide (Australia) states.
In it, 152 adults were investigated.
Each performed at least 30 minutes of exercise three times a week for a minimum of three months.
Then some were told to stop the practice.
As a result, stopping working induced significant increases in depressive symptoms after only three days.
Specifically, symptoms occurred in the absence of the typical biological markers involved.
This suggests some kind of “new” effect in these cases.
As the study was small in scale, more research needs to be done to better understand the phenomenon.
"For now, it's important for people to understand the potential impact on their mental well-being when they suddenly stop regular exercise."
The explanation is from the study's author, Dr. Bernhard Baune.
The work was published in the journal Journal of Affective Disorders.
If physical activity is good for body and mind, the opposite is true.
This is because we are a species made for the movement.
Current public health guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week.
To meet the goal, it is worth including hiking.
Which can serve, after all, to keep you from sweets.
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