According to American studies, physically active individuals are less likely to experience symptoms of mental health disorders, even when the exercises represent the performance of domestic duties.
According to American studies, physically active individuals are less likely to experience symptoms of mental health disorders, even when the classes represent the performance of domestic duties, informs Rus.Media.
The research team examined survey data of more than 1.2 million American adults. The participants talked about their physical activity in the last month (except for activities at work). And how many days their mental health “was not good” due to stress, depression and emotional problems.
On average, according to The Lancet Psychiatry, about 3.4 days a month mental health status was marked as “bad”. Those participants who had some form of physical activity outside of work, the average was less than 1.5 days of poor mental health per month.
For people with a history of depression, the effect was even greater. In this group of physically active people (on average) 3.8 fewer days of poor mental health on a monthly basis, than those who did nothing.
“People who were trained, had better mental health than those who did nothing, especially the people who are doing three to five times a week, about 45 minutes,” said lead study author Adam Checkrad (Adam Chekroud), a researcher, a psychiatrist from Ilskogo University (Yale University) in new haven, Connecticut.
“The study confirmed a wide range of benefits of activity for health, regardless of your age, race, sex, income or health. Little bit of everything helps – just 30 minutes – each group of exercises, including walking, was associated with lower burden on mental health,” continued Checkrad.
All types of exercise had an impact on how often people reported poor mental health. Even household chores reduce the number of bad days by 9.7%.
A strong Association was found in team sports (22% reduction days with poor mental health compared with lack of exercise), followed by aerobic and gymnastics (21%). Useful and meditative exercises such as yoga and tai Chi – they are 23% reduce the number of such days.
Interestingly, excessive activity is damaging to mental health. Exercise 30 to 60 minutes for mental health is more useful than one lesson for 90 minutes. During prolonged physical activity (more than 3 hours per session) increased the number of days with poor mental health, compared to 45 minute workouts or even complete absence.
The study did not aim to prove whether physical activity directly affect mood. Perhaps happier people are engaged in physical activity more often than those who has mental disorders or is under stress.
Another limitation of the study is that studied mental health in a broad sense, not specific to mood disorders. Dr. Gary Cooney (Cooney Gary) Garnavillo Royal hospital (Gartnavel Royal Hospital), Glasgow, UK, said: “Mental health is not a term which is very useful in this perspective, I think, because it may mean any or a combination of many mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, drug addiction, dementia, schizophrenia, etc.”