Exercising for half an hour per day can alleviate the risk of depression even in those who are genetically predisposed to experience it, according to a new study.
The study, developed by scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital and published in the medical journal Depression and Anxiety, drew from millions of data points in health records to form their data set. They found that people genetically predisposed to experience depression reported higher rates of it. They also discovered that physical activity lessened the incidence of depression even in those genetically likely to develop it.
The lead author of the study said that the researchers concluded that “genes are not destiny,” and that as little as 35 minutes of exercise can lower a subject’s risk of future depressive episodes.
The scientists said that both “high-intensity” exercise, like running, and “low-intensity” exercise, like yoga, were both capable of reducing depression risks.