We all know a bit of exercise helps our mood.
I'm not typically a fan of systematic reviews or meta-analyses (to me they just rehash original papers that may or may not be that great in the first place)...in any case...this one seems fairly robust...CLICK HERE
2.5hours/week of walking can reduce depression risk a bit.
But a bit is sometimes what we need to make a start on our recovery journeys.
Several of my patients struggle to get out of bed.
Using a behavioural activation approach.
I tell them to just focus on getting one foot out of bed...then the other foot...then sit up...etc...you get the picture.
2.5 hours a week = 0.35hr a day = ~21 minutes walking a day = maybe 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the afternoon
Walking around the neighbourhood to get your 20 minutes seems like a big enough hurdle but at least we know that there's a point for doing it!
Sometimes kids have a hard time talking to you about things when they need the most help. Learn to use emotional intelligence and empathic connection to gain co-operation without the friction.