Love spending time relaxing? Well here's why you need to spend time unwinding. According to a new study engaging in leisure time physical activities could improve your mental health. Researchers have also found that being physically active three times a week reduces the odds of being depressed by approximately 16 percent. The study found a two-way relationship between depression and physical activity. People who increased their weekly activity reported fewer depressive symptoms but those with more depressive symptoms were less active particularly at younger ages. 'Assuming the association is causal leisure time physical activity has a protective effect against depression'