It is common knowledge that exercise and having an active life is beneficial to your health - but did you know that it might make a bigger impact on your happiness than money?
A new study by Yale and Oxford suggests that exercise has a bigger impact on your mental heath - and happiness - than economic status!
The study was published in The Lancet were data was collected on over 1.2 million Americans. The participants were asked about their income and physical activity and they had to answer this question :
"How many times have you felt mentally unwell in the past 30 days, for example, due to stress, depression, or emotional problems?"
The scientists found that participants who exercise regularly tend to be happier! The active people were "sad" 35 days per year, and less active people were "sad" 18 additional days (so 53 days!). We could believe that we don't need to earn more money if we play sport, as it has a better effect in our moods.
Adam Cekroud, one of the study author said : "The relationship between sport duration and mental load is U-shaped." It doesn't mean that the more sport you practise the happier you are. They found that three to five active sessions (for 30 to 60 minutes) per week are the ideal.
They also found that team sports have more of a positive effect on mental health.
Do you agree with the study? How often are you being active in a typical week? Maybe it's time to get moving!
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