Benefits of regular exercise can outnumber your excuses for not exercising, quite literally! From aiding in weight-loss and weight management, maintaining healthy heart, bones and metabolism to fighting risks of most lifestyle diseases, just 30 minutes of brisk walking can do wonders for your health.A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests regular exercise to be beneficial for those suffering from depression. According to the study, regular exercise can reduce heart disease risk in people suffering from depression. Depression is commonly associated with worse outcomes for patients with heart disease and other conditions.
As many as 20 percent of people hospitalized with a heart attack report symptoms of depression, while patients with heart disease have three times the risk of developing depression compared to the general population, the study pointed out.
"Our findings highlight the link between worsening depression and cardiovascular risk and support routinely assessing depression in patients to determine heart disease risk. This research also demonstrates the positive effects of exercise for all patients, including those with depressive symptoms," said study author Arshed Quyyumi from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, US.
The researchers studied 965 people who were free of heart disease and who had no prior diagnosis of a psychotic or anxiety disorder. They used questionnaires to evaluate patients for depression and levels of physical activity and also looked several early indicators of heart disease. It was found that depressive symptoms were more pronounced in people who were inactive.