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Rock climbing significantly reduces depression – Daily Mail

Tuesday, 30 May, 2017

Rock climbing significantly reduces depression – Daily Mail

Rock climbing significantly reduces depression, new research reveals.

Just eight weeks of the sport takes symptoms of the mental health disorder from moderate to mild, a study found.

Researchers believe a combination of the sport's physicality, alongside its social aspect and required concentration eases depression.

Study author Eva-Maria Stelzer, from the University of Arizona, said: 'You have to be mindful and focused on the moment.

'It does not leave much room to let your mind wonder on things that may be going on in your life - you have to focus on not falling.'

Researchers from the University of Arizona analysed more than 100 adults from Germany who were randomly allocated to one of two groups.

One group started bouldering - rock climbing without ropes or harnesses - immediately, while the other waited to start the sport.

Both groups took part in bouldering for three hours a week for a total of eight weeks. Most of the participants were new to the sport.

At various points throughout the study, depression symptoms were investigated using standard assessments.

Results revealed those that starting bouldering immediately experienced more than a six point improvement in their depression score, which took their symptoms from moderate to mild.

Those waiting to start the sport experienced an average improvement of 1.4 points.

The researchers believe the physical aspect of bouldering, combined with its social side and the concentration involved are behind its benefits for the mental health disorder.

Stelzer said: 'Bouldering, in many ways, is a positive physical activity.

'There are different routes for your physical activity level and there's a social aspect, along with the feeling of an immediate accomplishment when bouldering.'

'You have to be mindful and focused on the moment.

'It does not leave much room to let your mind wonder on things that may be going on in your life - you have to focus on not falling.'

The findings were presented at the 29th Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention in Boston.

This comes after researchers from McMaster University found so-called 'good bacteria' in yogurt eases depression.

Some 64 per cent of adults with irritable bowel syndrome and symptoms of depression saw their mental health improve within just six weeks of taking a daily 'good bacteria', or probiotic, supplement, the study revealed.


Source: Rock climbing significantly reduces depression - Daily Mail

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