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Active Kids ‘Make Happier Adults’ ~ From Gymnastics Victoria

Active Kids ‘Make Happier Adults’

Herald Sun, Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Working up a sweat in childhood can help ward off depression later in life, a new Australian study has found.

Researchers asked around 2150 Australian adults about the level of physical activity they undertook before the age of 15 – ranging from leisurely tasks like bowling and gardening to more vigorous sports and running.

“Even after we took into account how physically active they were now, those who were in the low physical activity (category) when they were younger were 35 per cent more likely to report that they’d been depressed as adults,” said researcher Felice Jacka from Deakin University.

“Your environment when you’re young really plays a major role in your health when you get older because your brain is developing, your stress response system is developing,” she said.

“Exercise really promotes the growth of new brain cells and these brain cells grow in the areas that are very important for depressive illness.”

Dr Jacka recommended children get in at least one hour of physical activity each day.

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