exercise

Physical fitness may help prevent depression, anxiety

Although there is evidence that exercise can boost mental health, scientists know less about whether physical fitness can prevent the onset of mental health conditions. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis take a closer look. Common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, are a growing global issue. They reduce overall wellbeing and life…

How exercise could help fight drug addiction

The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs were previously taken can make resistance that much harder. However, addicts who exercise appear to be less vulnerable to the impact of these environmental cues. Now, research with mice suggests that exercise…

How exercise is key to successfully quitting smoking

New research has confirmed that exercise can help smokers finally kick the habit. Experts at St George’s University of London, have examined the mechanism underlining exercise’s way of protecting the body against nicotine dependence and withdrawal. The study reveals that even moderate intensity exercise markedly reduces the severity of nicotine…