In addition to improving cardiovascular health, physical fitness can also protect against depression. A study published in JAMA Psychiatry recently reported that middle aged adults’ levels of physical fitness were tied to their risk of depression years later, as well as their risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The more fit adults were, the less likely they were to suffer from depression later in life.
This is great news because physical fitness is a modifiable risk factor for depression and cardiovascular health, unlike family history. It is never too late to make healthy changes that can improve your health now and in the future!
The New York Times reported on this study (found here).