Recent study says walking lowers risk of depression

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KBSI) – Would you be persuaded to go for a walk rather than jogging? A pair of young adults believe so. To relieve stress and those winter blues, Spring is the perfect time to get out and get some sunshine, and maybe a little nature.

A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry reports relatively small doses of physical activity were associated with substantially lower risks of depression.

Slaten, a college student returned home for the Spring went for a walk to enjoy the beautiful day that Good Friday brought to Cape Girardeau.

“I feel very clear headed, and it definitely can help me think about things that I needed to think about. And definitely get my mind straight,” said Slaten.

A little nature walk in Osage Park in Cape Girardeau can help with that. With the flowers and trees blossoming, a stroll in the park is the place to be for a bit of quiet and relaxation.

“I feel like walking is nice some time’s when running is not because it’s easier to wrap my head around going for a little walk,” said Samantha, another active walker who is also home from college for the Spring. “It’s not as intense and I can just kind of be with my thoughts, and just go for a little walk and still feel like I was active, and it wasn’t as intense as running.”

Walking benefits mental health, weight loss, and activates heart health.

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