Is Exercise Good For Your Psychological Health?

December 3, 2018

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Find Out How Much Exercise Is Too Much
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Find Out How Much Exercise Is Too Much Exercise

“Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and there is an urgent need to find ways to improve mental health…exercise is associated with a lower mental health burden across people no matter their age, race, gender, household income, and education level”. This quote, given by Dr. Adam Chekorud speaks to many populations across the world, not just people dealing with depression or other psychological health problems. Exercise is able to give a person a quick mood boost, whenever it is performed.

According to a recent study that tested the effects of exercise on improving mental health, exercising can reduce poor mental health days by 1.5 days. In addition, if someone has had a previous diagnosis of depression, exercising can reduce someone’s poor mental health days by 3.75, which is a significant amount. It was also found that any and all types of exercise were able to help manage psychological health burdens including simple household chores and child care. However, cycling, aerobic exercise and gym-based exercises were found to be the most effective when improving mental health. 

So, how much is too much? Too much exercise can have the opposite effect you want it to on mental health. This can be associated with obsessive tendencies and create poor psychological as well as emotional health. It was found that people who exercised more than 23 days per month, or for more than 90 minutes per session had reduced quality of psychological health than those who participated in moderate activity, about 5 times per week for an hour at a time.

For better psychological health, Healthy UNH encourages you to get moving! It is recommended to exercise regularly about 4-5 times per week, for no more than 90 minutes. 

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