Findings, announced Monday, appear online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Researcher George Mammen, a PhD candidate working under the helm of study coauthor Dr. Guy Faulker, says that the findings come at a time when mental health professionals are searching to expand their approach to mental health beyond writing prescriptions. "We need a prevention strategy now more than ever," he said. "Our health system is taxed. We need to shift focus and look for ways to fend off depression from the start."
He adds: "It's definitely worth taking note that if you're currently active, you should sustain it. If you're not physically active, you should initiate the habit. This review shows promising evidence that the impact of being active goes far beyond the physical."