We already known that regular vigorous physical activity can help to fight of symptoms of depression, but until now little research has been conducted to investigate the impact of less strenuous activity.
Whilst further research will be needed in order to cement the findings, the preliminary findings are extremely positive because walking is obviously an activity that most of us can easily undertake. After conducting detailed research the authors of the report found that walking can indeed work as an effective intervention for depression, bringing about effects similar to more vigorous exercise.However, recent research published in the journal Mental Health and Physical Activity shows that walking can have a great impact upon feelings of depression.
Speaking to the BBC, Professor Adrian Taylor who studies the effects of exercise on depression at the University of Exeter said “The beauty of walking is that everybody does it.”
“There are benefits for a mental-health condition like depression.” He added.
Whilst no one is suggesting that walking should be used alone as treatment, when integrated as part of a healthcare strategy walking may be beneficial to some individuals.
Paul Farmer, the chief executive of mental health charity Mind has suggested finding a type of exercise that you know you can stick to. “Try different things, be it walking, cycling, gardening or even open-water swimming.” He said.
If you are suffering from depression and you would like to know how a counsellor might be able to help you, please visit our fact-sheet for more information. Alternatively, visit the homepage of this site and use the search tool to locate a qualified professional in your local area.
View and comment on the original BBC News article.