This exercise is good for physical and mental health, which no one discusses. That the practice of physical activity is associated with lower mortality and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, neurovascular accidents or diabetes, as well as mood improvement. But from there, to ensure that exercises are more determinant than money to feel good or that our happiness depends more on our physical behavior than on our current account, it is a long mileage.
Well, that's what they say they've found a team of researchers from prestigious universities in Yale and Oxford after collecting and analyzing data on physical behavior and moodand 1.2 million Americans.
After examining the type of exercise, duration, frequency and intensity, the researchers from Oxford and Yale concluded that the benefits to mental health are greater when practicing popular team sports involving a lot of socialization followed by cycling, aerobic activities and sports. the gym as well as when there are activity sessions of 45 minutes and between three and five times a week.
For this study, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, the researchers compared the number of "poor mental health" days declared by the participants, depending on whether or not they exercised after having compared the two groups by age, race, sex , marital status, income, level of education, body mass index, physical health status and possible previous diagnoses of depression.
The result is that the question of how many times have you felt mentally ill due to stress, depression or emotional problems? the people who regularly practiced answered that about 35 days a year, while inactive participants, on average, They said they felt bad for another 18 days.
People who practiced regularly answered about 35 days a year, while inactive participants, on average, said they felt bad for another 18 days.
The participants were asked about their income and about the type of physical activity they perform,or choose between 75 different types of exercisesAmong those ranging from lawn, childcare or housekeeping to lifting weights, cycling or running.
The results show this "All kinds of exercise are associated with a lower burden on mental health"Presented by people with the same physical and social-demographic characteristics that are stuck.
Researchers compared the level of well-being that people report based on their income and found that physically active people feel as well as those who do not practice sports, but earn about $ 25,000 (just over 22,000 euros) a year.
However, after examining the type of exercise, duration, frequency and intensity, the researchers from Oxford and Yale concluded thisThe benefits to mental health are greater when practicing popular team sports, which include a lot of socialization, followed by cycling, aerobics and gymnastics and also when there are 45 minutes of activity sessions and between three and five times a week.
On the other hand, the researchers compare the degree of well-being that people report on the basis of their income and have found this physically active people feel as well as those who do not practice sports but earn about $ 25,000 (just over € 22,000) a year. Or what is the same that those who charge about 1800 euros more per month than them.
Physically active people feel as good as those who do not practice sports but earn about $ 25,000 (more than € 22,000) more per year
But beyond whether it has more or less influence on our happiness than to earn more or less money, what there is no longer questioning the numerous beneficial effects it exerts on mental healthVarious studies have shown that this reduces stress and that about thirty minutes after doing it, exercise causes a reduction in anxiety due to various physiological activations. It is believed that its "soothing" effect lasts about four hours.
And this is true because the endorphins released by the brain during and after physical exercisesthey lead you to a state of greater happiness and emotional well-beingl. Besides, when we do sports, we also increase the production of noradrenaline, which helps reduce our brain's response to stressful situations.
The many beneficial effects that it exerts on mental health are no longer questionable.
On the other hand, and in line with what this new study in Oxford and Yale has found, practicing exercises in the company, either through team sports or switching to common activities in the gym, improves social relationshipsnot only because new contacts are being made, but also because the feeling of self is changing, improves self-esteem, and designs a sense of admiration that promotes relationships.
Additional, Being physically active is associated with a lower cognitive impairment and a better functioning of memory, concentration and hence performance, as well as minor sleep disturbances.
Staying physically active is associated with less cognitive impairment and better memory function
Source: La Vanguardia