Very often we are talking about the benefits of the exercise for your body: weight loss, fat loss, prevention for different diseases…but what about mentally?
Exercise and mental health
Does the exercise has any benefit when we talk about your behave or your mental health? The answer is yes.
People who exercise may experience symptoms of mental health disorders less often, according to a new study.
What the study suggest.
1.2 million americans were asked how often they exercised and how many days their mental health was not good due to stress, depresión and problems with emotions.
Honestly I do not think this is the best way to do a research, because if you “ask” to the people about what they did in the past, unless that people take notes about their feelings every single day, I am not sure if they are going to give you the right answer.
Anyway, it seems the people reported 3.4 days on average of poor mental health each month. Those who did some physical activity reported an average of 1.5 fewer days with poor mental health.
“People who exercise have better mental health than those who don’t, especially people who were exercising three to five times a week, for around 45 minutes,” said senior study author Adam Chekroud, a psychiatry researcher at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
“This study reiterates the broad range of health benefits for exercising, no matter your age, race, gender, income, or physical health status,” Chekroud said by email.
“Every little bit helps – as low as 30 minutes – and every exercise group including walking was associated with lower mental health burden.”
Like I said, in spite this research is not probably the big deal, there is a long tradition that bounds physical activity with a better mental health.