Exercise linked to better mental health - but too much may do harm
The research also found that more exercise was not always better for psychological well-being, with people who exercise every day reporting lower levels of mental health.
A study in the United States has found that people who exercise several times a week report having better mental health than those who take no exercise, with team sports and those involving social groups having the most positive effect.
The study included all types of physical activity, ranging from childcare, housework, lawn-mowing, and fishing to cycling, going to the gym, running and skiing.
The research used data from 1.2 million adults across all 50 U.S. states who had been asked to estimate how often in the past 30 days they would rate their mental health as 'not good' based on stress, depression, and emotional problems.
The results were adjusted for age, race, gender, marital status, income, education, employment status, body mass, self-reported physical health and previous diagnosis of depression.
On average, participants had 3.4 days of poor mental health in a month, the results showed. But compared to people who reported doing no exercise, people who exercised reported 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health a month – a reduction of 43 percent.
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