An appropriate exercise schedule has it most beneficial effects in one’s life. A research in  Scotland has unfolded taking an energetic walk could play an important function in fighting with  depression. A study reports in the Journal of Mental Health and Physical Activity: walking has a “massive effect” on mind and body, it refreshes a person in both dimensions. One in every ten people may suffer from depression at some point in their lives. The set of circumstances can be treated with medications and with the help of doctors, but some doctors also recommend exercise for daily routine and it becomes the part of treatment.

Rabia-ZaidiMiss Rabia Zaidi  is working as a Clinical Psychologist in Willing Ways Karachi. She has graduated from highly reputed College D.A Degree College for Women (DHA) in 2011, after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Library & Information Science, Education and Urdu Advance with First Division and a Master’s Degree in Psychology. She is interested in Educational Activities and attended many seminars.

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University of Stirling researcher have found 8 studies, on a total of 341 patients. The research highlighted “walking is an effective and most feasible intervention for depression”.

The BBC said: Walking has many uncountable advantages and it takes less time in comparison to other activities and it does not consume any financial cost. However, they cautioned that much more research needed to be done. There are queries about how long and how fast should take place indoors or out in the open.


Prof. Taylor said that there were thoughts about exercise being a distraction from sorrows, grief, and giving a control sense and releasing “feel-satisfied” hormones. Activities like: swimming, walking, cycling, gardening can be very effective.

According to a study in 2005: Fast walking about 35 minutes a day five times a week or 60 minutes a day, trice a time in week had many beneficial results on mild to moderate depression symptoms. Fast walking for 15 minutes a day or doing some stretching or manual exercises 3 times a week did not help as much. (These exercise should be calculated by someone who weighs around 150 pounds. If someone exceeds this weigh range, longer time required for this purpose).