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It shouldn’t come as a major shock to find out exercise fights off depression. A study out of Belgium found that the longer participants sat around doing nothing, the more their moods became negative. The reason is simple — the more at rest we are, the more we self-analyze, and that’s a recipe for depression flare ups.

Exercise fights off depression by balancing the transfer of hormones between the endocrine and nervous system. Just a 30 minutes go on a stationary bike two to three times a week is all it takes.