Even just a little bit of exercise can counter depression in older adults with chronic conditions.
That’s according to a 10-year study published Monday in the journal “Jama Network Open.”
Researchers followed more than four thousand Irish adults for a decade.
Every two years they were asked about their physical activity and depressive symptoms.
The study found the more time people spent exercising, the better they felt.
People who worked out 20 minutes a day, five days a week had a 16 percent lower rate of depressive symptoms.
Those who exercised two hours a day benefitted the most, with symptoms reducing by 23 percent.
The study’s findings were not surprising.
Past research has indicated a strong link between exercise and reducing depression.