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It’s clear exercise has health benefits both physical and mental. But what if we could show it was more important to your mental health than your economic status?
According to a study from researchers at Yale and Oxford, we may have done just that.
In the study, published in The Lancet, scientists collected data about the physical behavior and mental mood of over 1.2 million Americans.
Participants were asked to answer the following question: “How many times have you felt mentally unwell in the past 30 days, for example, due to stress, depression, or emotional problems?”
The participants were also asked about their income and physical activities. They were able to choose from 75 types of physical activity – from mowing the lawn, taking care of children, and doing housework to weight lifting, cycling, and running.
People who stay active tend to be happier
The scientists found that while those who exercised regularly tended to feel bad for 35 days a year, nonactive participants felt bad for 18 days more, on average.