Are you a regular gym goer? Here is a news for you. If you have a belief that the more exercise you do, the better your mental health, then that this is not the case. A study says that engaging in exercises such as cycling, aerobics and gymming for more than three hours a day can worsen mental health than not exercising at all.
The study, published in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, says that people who exercised between three and five times a week had better mental health than people who exercised less or more each week. Conversely, people doing extreme amounts of exercise might have obsessive characteristics which could place them at greater risk of poor mental health. Doing exercise more than 23 times a month, or exercising for longer than 90-minute sessions daily is associated with worse mental health.
Exercise reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and mortality from all causes, but its association with mental health remains unclear.
The team of the study used data from 1.2 million adults across all 50 US states and included all types of physical activity, ranging from childcare, housework, lawn-mowing and fishing to cycling, going to the gym, running and skiing. Team sports, cycling, aerobics and going to the gym were associated with the biggest reductions - 22.3 per cent, 21.6 per cent, and 20.1 per cent, respectively.
For the people who had previously been diagnosed with depression, exercise was associated with 3.75 fewer days of poor mental health. Even completing household chores was associated with the reduction in poor mental health days of around 10 percent, or around half a day less each month, the researchers said.
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