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Can’too Much Exercise Cause Depression?

Can over exercise make you depressed? At the other end, you may be overdoing high-intensity exercise such as heavy lifting or high-intensity interval training–HIIT–by cramming too many workouts into a week. These kinds of workouts take more time to recover from and you may end up feeling worn down, depressed, or anxious.

Can exercising too much affect your mental health? Many studies suggest that exercising can help people deal with mental health issues and boost well-being. A new observational study — the largest of its kind to date — confirms this, but it also extends a caution: too much exercise may negatively affect mental health.

What are the symptoms of over exercising? Here are some symptoms of too much exercise:

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Can’too Much Exercise Cause Depression

Too much exercise can lead to injuries, exhaustion, depression, and suicide. It can also cause lasting physical harm.

How long does exercise take to help depression?

There is some evidence that exercising 45-60 minutes at a time is better than shorter exercise periods. Similar to other treatments, it takes a while before the full antidepressant effect of exercise kicks in: it can take 4 to 6 weeks to start working, and can achieve maximal effect by around 10 weeks.