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How Bouldering Can Cut Your Risk of Depression

Feeling down? Maybe going out rock climbing is the solution.

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Bouldering, a type of rock climbing done on rocky outcroppings close to the ground (20 feet high or less) with no ropes or harnesses, has been shown to help heal the mind and strengthen the body.

Researchers looked at more than 100 people and found that the scores on tests for depression for those doing bouldering were significantly better. 

The difference was equal to moving from a diagnosis of moderate to mild depression.

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