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Friday, September 21, 2018

EXERCISE & MENTAL HEALTH

from Lancet Psychiatry

Exercise is known to reduce risk of a number of physical conditions, including heart disease, stroke and diabetes. However, mental health benefits have been less clear. Now a study of more than a million people in this country gives some clarity. People who said they exercised reported fewer days per month of poor mental health compared to those who did not exercise. The research, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, found exercising for forty-five minutes three to five times a week was associated with the biggest reported benefit. All types of physical activity, such as childcare, housework, fishing, cycling and running were included. However, extreme exercise suggested obsessive characteristics and greater risk for poor mental health.

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