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Fitness at 18 = Less Depression Later

June 6, 2013

More studies are looking at the relationship between physical fitness and mental health. One that will be important to teens found that “lower cardiovascular fitness at age 18 was associated with increased risk of serious depression in adulthood.” The study found that those with low cardiovascular fitness had almost double the risk for serious depression.

And while not everyone in high school can be a “jock”, the authors note that “these results strengthen the theory of a cardiovascular contribution to the aetiology of depression.” Cardiovascular health is important to everyone, and, based on these results, can have a long lasting impact on your quality of life.

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