Although nutrition guidelines can be hard to follow and sometimes contradict each other…exercise guidelines aren’t always in any better shape!
Guidelines about how much we should exercise range from:
- Children do 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day
- Vigorous intensity aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for adults
- Bone strengthening activity at least 3 days per week
- …and don’t forget about cardio: for major health benefits adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week
It’s hard to know exactly how much we should move!
And the harsh reality is that most Americans aren’t doing anywhere close to that much. In fact, the CDC says that up to 80% of Americans don’t get the recommended amount of weekly exercise.
A new study shows that doing something is better than nothing, and as little as 1 hour of exercise per week may curb depression risk.
Researchers from a team of British, Australian, and Norwegian analysts looked at data gathered from nearly 34,000 adults. They found that people who exercise just one hour per week (regardless of the level of intensity of that exercise) had a 44 percent lower risk for developing depression over the course of a decade when compared to those who never exercised at all.
The benefits of exercise are widespread, from weight and appetite control, to bone health and balance. But it appears from this particular study, that even a small amount of exercise can help curb depression too!