Multiple studies have indicated the positive impact that regular exercise can have in treating depression. According to a study conducted by Bernhard Baune, head of psychiatry at the University of Adelaide in Australia, the inverse may also be true.
The study, which you can learn more about here, included 152 adults who stopped exercising after a minimum of three months of consistent exercise. While it did not prove that stopping exercise causes depression, it did prove that there is a correlation.
So, before you give up on your current exercise regime, know that it can put more than just your physical well-being at risk.