Researchers from the universities of Yale and Oxford have revealed through a study that physical exercise is more important for your mental health and well-being than your economic status.
It is clear that exercise has both physical and mental health benefits, but what would happen if we could demonstrate that it is more important for your mental health than your economic status?
According to a study conducted by Yale and Oxford researchers, we may have done just that.
In the study, published in The Lancet, a group of scientists has collected data on the physical behavior and mental state of mind of more than 1.2 million Americans.
The participants were asked to answer the following question: “How many times have you felt mentally wrong in the past 30 days, for example, due to stress, depression or emotional problems?”
Participants were also asked about their income and physical activities. They were able to choose between 75 types of physical activity, from mowing the lawn, taking care of children and doing housework to lifting weights, riding a bicycle and running.
Those who stay more active tend to be happier
The scientists found that while those who exercised regularly tended to feel bad for about 35 days a year, the non-active participants felt bad for 18 days more on average.
In addition, researchers have found that physically active people feel as well as those who do not play sports but earn about $ 25,000 more per year.
You practically have to earn a lot more to provide you with the same happiness effect that sport has.
That does not mean, however, that the more sport you practice, the happier you will be.
Too much exercise can be detrimental to your mental health
Exercise is clearly good for you, but how much is too much?
“The relationship between the duration of the sport and the mental load is U-shaped,” says study author Adam Chekroud of Yale University in an interview with Die Welt. The study found that physical activity only contributes to a better mental well-being when it is done within a certain period of time.
According to the study, three to five training sessions lasting between 30 and 60 minutes per week is ideal.
However, more than this can have the opposite effect: in fact, the mental health of participants who exercised for more than three hours a day suffered more than that of those who were not particularly physically active.
Scientists also noted that certain sports that involve socialization-that is, team sports-can have a more positive effect on your mental health than others.
Although neither cycling, aerobics, nor fitness are technically team sports, these activities can also have a considerable positive effect on your mental health.