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by Mark Zalewski
November 19, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: ASO announces end to historic Critérium International; Report: Angliru to feature in 2017 Vuelta; Rojas back on bike after Vuelta crash; Hayman, Garfoot named Australian Cyclists of the Year; Peter Sagan to start 2017 down under; Selle Italia becomes co-title sponsor of Wilier Triestina team; UCI Continental Team Illuminate to continue in 2017; Cadel Evans too intimidated to cycle in Sydney; Law changes could affect British cyclists injured by drivers; New research bolsters claims that exercise combats depression; Stolen Rio gold medals returned to Paralympic champion Cooke; Cavendish on the Ghent Six Day race; Hardbrakers Grandtour 2014; Timelapse at the Ghent Six Day.
While research into the physical benefits of exercise is far reaching and conclusive, the investigations into any mental health benefits is far less exhaustive, and conflicting. However, three new studies that have pooled outcomes from past research strongly suggest that regular exercise can be an effective treatment for depression and might even help prevent it in the first place.
Taken individually, the studies’ small sample sizes and short timespans made it difficult to draw firm conclusions. But when researchers combined the studies, it gave results on 1,140,000 adult men and women, bolstering the persuasiveness of the findings.
Those with the lowest fitness were about 75 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression than the people with the greatest fitness. The middle third were around 25 percent more likely to develop depression.
One of the studies showed that exercise, especially if it is moderately strenuous, has a “large and significant effect” against depression.
Another study utilizing blood samples showed that exercise significantly reduced various markers of inflammation and increased levels of a number of different hormones and other biochemicals that are thought to contribute to brain health.
Click through to read more at the New York Times.