Exercise is more important to mental health than economic status – Yale and Oxford research shows

A study done by Yale and Oxford researchers reveal that exercise is more important for our mental health than the economic status.

Participants were asked to answer the following question: “How many times have you felt mentally unwell in the past 30 days, for example, due to stress, depression, or emotional problems? They were also asked about their income and physical activities

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The research shows that people who exercise regularly tend to feel bad for 35 days a year while nonactive people feel bad on average for 18 days more.

The team found that certain sports which involves socializing can have a more positive effect on your mental health than others and that physical activity contributes to better mental well-being only when it falls within a certain time frame.

It further shows that the mental health of those participants who exercised for longer than three hours a day suffered more than that of those who weren’t particularly physically active. The study suggests that three to five training sessions, each lasting between 30 to 60 minutes, are ideal per week.

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