Exercise makes you happier than money – according to a study from researchers at Yale and Oxford.
The study, published in The Lancet, claims that we all need to stop chasing money, and start running. According to Business Insider, scientists collected data about the physical behaviour and mental mood of more than 1.2 million Americans. That’s one big study.
All of those studied were asked: “How many times have you felt mentally unwell in the past 30 days, for example, due to stress, depression, or emotional problems?”
They were also required to reveal other information, such as their income and physical activities they take part in. Although it wasn’t all just running and cycling. There were 75 to choose from, including taking care of children and mowing the lawn.
Researchers found that while those who exercised regularly tended to feel bad for 35 days a year, nonactive participants felt bad for 18 days more, on average.
In fact, physically active people feel as good as those who don’t do sports but who earn about $25,000 more a year. If that’s not enough to get you into the gym, I don’t know what is.
In an interview with Die Welt, study author Adam Chekroud of Yale University said: “The relationship between sport duration and mental load is U-shaped.”
According to the study, three to five training sessions (lasting between 30 to 60 minutes each), are ideal per week.
There is such a thing as ‘too much of a good thing’ – the mental health of people who exercised for longer than three hours a day suffered more than that of those who weren’t particularly physically active.