Exercise 3 to 5 Times a Week if you Want Some Mental Health Benefits

Exercise 3 to 5 Times a Week if you Want Some Mental Health Benefits

According to a new large-scale U.S. study, people who do not exercise get more days of poor mental health a month compared to the people who do.

But, do not hurry to go to the gym just yet because if you work out too much, you will get the opposite effect.

How did they do it?

This one observational study that focuses on the benefits of working out, and it was carried out by the University of Oxford, the UK along with a team at Yale University, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. They included more than 1.2 million people from the U.S. who were investigated based on the influence of the exercise duration, type, intensity and frequency on the mental health.

The people included in the study completed surveys in 2015, 2013, and 2011 and they gave answers to questions based on their exercise behaviors, physical health, and mental health. This surveys also told how many days were considered notable based on depression, emotional problems, and stress.

Depression was the only mental health taken into account during the study.

The study focused on previous diagnoses of depression, gender, and age along with the type of exercise effectuated. These exercises included lawn-mowing, cycling, fishing, childcare, studying, running, housework and skiing.

The participants experienced an average of 3.4 days of inadequate mental health a month. The people who exercised only reported two such days, 1.5 less than those who do notexercise so exercising reduced 43.2 percent of poor mental health days.

“Exercise is associated with a lower mental health burden across people no matter their age, race, gender, household income and education level,” said study co-author Dr. Adam Chekroud.

“Excitingly, the specifics of the regime, like the type, duration, and frequency, played an important role in this association.”


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