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American Study of Exercise and its Effects on Mental Health

Posted 252 days ago | 09.08.18

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American Study of Exercise and its Effects on Mental Health

A large study in the United States has resulted in the, not surprising result that regular physical activity lasting 45 minutes three to five times a week can improve your mental health. But the study warns against overdoing it. It says that overdoing it is not always as beneifal as imagined. 

1.2 million people reported their activity levels for a month and rated their mental wellbeing. People who exercised reported experiencing fewer down days a month than non-exercisers.

Team sports, cycling and aerobics had the greatest positive impact.

All types of activity were found to improve mental health no matter people's age or gender, including doing the household tasks.

The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry Journal, is the largest of its kind to date but it cannot confirm that physical activity is the cause of improved mental health. While people are self-assessing, the outcome may be affected by the simple act of being aware of the exercise you do.

Earlier research into the effects of exercise on mental health have resulted in mixed results. But some studies suggest that lack of activity could both be a symptom of poor mental health as well as one of its causes.

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