If you were to ask someone for a way to stay healthy, there’s a good chance he or she would tell you to exercise. Many people believe that having a more active lifestyle is the key to staying healthy, both physically and mentally. As it turns out, these people are right. A recent study has proven this fact, at least somewhat.
Several studies have established the fact that getting some exercise in each week can increase a person’s overall mood and physical health. Exercising has been shown to alleviate, and even prevent depression. A new study that was just published in Lancet Psychiatry says that just two hours of physical activity a week is all it takes to see these kinds of results.
This new discovery makes the thought of exercising a lot easier for many people. In fact, that’s just 24 minutes a day, 5 days a week. That is much more manageable for people with very busy schedules.
Of course, as with any good thing, there is a point where it becomes too much. The study found that there is a limit to the positive gains that a person can receive from exercising. The sweet spot seems to be anywhere between 2 to 6 hours a week. The theory is that people who excessively or obsessively exercise may be suffering from mental health problems, which is why they exercise so much.
Regardless, it is safe to say that exercising is good for you. Not only does it help keep your body in shape, it can help your mind out as well. If you don’t have loads of time to devote to exercising, do not worry. If you can squeeze in around 25 minutes of any physical activity, every weekday, you will be well on your way to living a happier, healthier lifestyle.