Moderate-intensity exercise, or even just walking, can improve quality of life for depressed middle-aged women, a large Australian study suggests.
Women who averaged 150 minutes of moderate exercise (golf, tennis, aerobics classes, swimming, or line-dancing) or 200 minutes of walking every week had more energy, socialized more, felt better emotionally, and weren’t as limited by their depression when researchers followed up after three years.
They also had less pain and did better physically, although the psychological benefit was greater.
There’s still work to be done on the details of the exercise – some might need more vigorous exercise, and the length might change. But the value is quite real.