The effects of chronic, or long-term, stress can be harmful on their own, but they also can contribute to depression, a mood disorder that makes you feel sad and disinterested in things you usually enjoy. Depression can affect your appetite, your sleep habits, and your ability to concentrate. But it may be possible to outrun depression, according to a study published online by JAMA Psychiatry.
Running for 15 minutes a day or walking for an hour reduces the risk of major depression, according to a recent study. And this does not apply to those of us who vigorously work out on a regular basis. If you don't enjoy exercise, just getting off the couch and moving for a little while can help. Ideally, to prevent depression you should do at least 15 minutes a day of higher-intensity exercise, such as running, or at least an hour of lower-intensity exercise, such as walking or housework.