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Exercise Prescription: The Surprising Antidote to Mental Health Struggles

Amidst a global mental health crisis compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, new research offers a glimmer of hope: exercise. With nearly half of Australians expected to experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime, the findings from a comprehensive study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine underscore the pivotal role of physical activity. Analyzing over 1,000 research trials, the study reveals that engaging in just 150 minutes of exercise per week can significantly alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and psychological distress. From brisk walks to weightlifting and yoga, the intensity and duration of exercise prove to be crucial factors in achieving mental health benefits. This groundbreaking research emphasizes the potential of exercise as a frontline treatment, potentially surpassing the efficacy of traditional interventions like medication and counseling.


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