Moderate exercise can improve mental health, but the disadvantages of over-exercise are greater than the benefits. People who exercise will feel less stressful and depressed than those who don’t exercise. But the experts also found a threshold beyond which the benefits of exercise will be reduced.
Those who exercise more than 5 times a week, or more than 3 hours a day, are worse off than those who do nothing.
Scientists at Yale University and Oxford University in the United States conducted a follow-up survey of 1.2 million participants in the United States and asked about their physical activity on 75 different types of physical activities, including childcare, housework, gardening, fishing, cycling. Go to the gym, run and ski. The researchers also asked participants to estimate their mental health status over the past 30 days based on stress, depression and emotional problems.
The results of the analysis showed that team sports reduced their mental health by 22%, cycling by 21%, gym exercise by 20%, jogging and walking reduced mental health by 19% and 18 respectively. %.
The reason why team sports can improve mental health shows that social activities can improve mental resilience and reduce depression by reducing social withdrawal and isolation. Even doing housework at home or hanging out in the garden can reduce the time of depression by 10%.
Exercise 3 to 5 times a week for 45 minutes each time, the greatest benefit to mental health. Beyond this limit, the benefits will fall.
The study, published in the Lancet Psychiatry Journal, suggests that hyperactivity may be associated with compulsive behavior.
For people who are addicted to sports, if exercise affects other aspects of daily life, it is not good for mental health. However, active exercise, especially social activities and conscious exercise, is definitely good for mental health.