Almost everyone knows the health benefits of exercise. A study conducted by scholars from Oxford University and Yale University found that regular exercise can also greatly improve mental health and make you feel as happy as making more money. Rather than expect to get a promotion and raise your salary, it is better to go for sports, because sports can make you happy comparable to a raise.
Love sports, like making $25,000
The study analyzed data from more than 1.2 million Americans who were asked: “How many times have you had psychological discomfort in the past 30 days, for example, discomfort caused by stress, depression, or emotional problems?” In addition, participants They were also asked about their exercise habits and were able to choose from 75 different sports activities, including mowing the lawn, doing housework and watching children, running, lifting weights, and cycling.
Researchers found that people who exercise regularly have an average of 35 days of being unhappy in a year, while those who do not exercise often feel depressed for another 18 days. The researcher said: “In the past month, people who do not exercise regularly have 43% more mentally unhappy times than those who like exercise. And as long as they move, any exercise can reduce the mental burden.” The research also I found that the happiness brought by exercise is the same as the feeling that people who don’t exercise make $25,000.
Exercise can promote blood circulation and metabolism, make the brain get sufficient oxygen and nutrition, improve bad mood; make people concentrate, relieve tension, channel depressed energy, and provide “excretion” for bad emotions. The human brain produces a substance called endorphins after exercise. Endorphins are also called “happiness hormones”, which can make people feel happy and satisfied, and help people to relieve stress and unhappiness.
The effects of endorphins are similar to those of morphine, which make people feel particularly comfortable and pleasant. Therefore, exercise can also make people addicted, and people enjoy a comfortable and relaxed state after exercise. If you do not exercise for a period of time, you will feel uncomfortable. Exercise can also promote the secretion of serotonin and norepinephrine, which can relieve malaise, slow thinking, and relieve depression and tension.
Exercise decompression, not more is better
How exercise can maximize the benefits of health and stress reduction is not yet known to many people. The results of the study show that, first of all, for mental problems such as depression and stress, no matter what type of exercise, exercise is always better than no exercise; compared with people who do not exercise, people who exercise will always have better mental health. Even people who are diagnosed with depressive disorder are still mentally better with exercise than without exercise.
In terms of sports that are helpful to mental conditions, among the population as a whole, team sports, cycling and aerobic gymnastics are the most beneficial. Among the depressed people, the top two most helpful sports remained unchanged, and the third was leisure sports. Recreational sports refers to a team sport. It is a low-intensity sport that is just for playing rather than competitive sports such as basketball and football. It does not require scoring.
It is worth noting that sports may be too late. Participants who exercise for more than 3 hours a day have worse mental health than those who do not exercise regularly. So how long will exercise be most effective? In terms of time, the best time for each exercise should be between 45 and 60 minutes. Less than 45 minutes will reduce the effect; greater than 60 minutes, the mental burden will increase. In terms of frequency, 3 to 5 times a week have the highest benefits, and the frequency of walking can be slightly higher, up to 6 days a week, and the benefits will be the largest.