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Walking a useful tool to treat depression

16th April 2012

Researchers at the University of Stirling have said taking a walk could play a part in beating depression.


The results of a study published in the Mental Health and Physical Activity journal revealed that walking had a "large effect" on depression.

The research team looked at eight studies involving 341 people to determine the effect of walking on depression.

The report's authors said "walking was an effective intervention for depression" and produced results which were broadly the same as more intense types of exercise.

They said: "Walking has the advantages of being easily undertaken by most people, incurring little or no financial cost and being relatively easy to incorporate into daily living."

However, the researchers said more studies needed to be carried out to determine the effects of walking on mental health.

Professor Adrian Taylor, who investigates the effects of exercise on depression, addiction and stress at the University of Exeter, told the BBC: "The beauty of walking is that everybody does it. There are benefits for a mental-health condition like depression."

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Article Information

Title: Walking a useful tool to treat depression
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 21641
Date Added: 16th Apr 2012


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