Regular Walking Can Help Ease Depression

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.

Source: Regular Walking Can Help Ease Depression

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.

Study: Sharing Dessert Reduces Guilt

Normally, people do not enjoy being forced to do something. People also do not enjoy the guilt that comes with doing something that is bad for them. Surprisingly, these two wrongs seem to make a right: when people are compelled to engage in vices, they feel better than when they freely choose the vice for themselves. According to a new paper in the Journal of Consumer Research, persuading a friend to share a dessert removes the burden of choice from them, reducing their feelings of guilt and making them less conflicted about the decision.

Source: Get ordered to eat a brownie, and you’ll feel good about it

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