It is well known that exercise is good for not only physical but also mental health. However, there are studies that show that even light walking, not strenuous exercise, helps to improve mental health.
Researchers at the University of Connecticut in the US investigated the relationship between exercise intensity and quality of life in 419 healthy adults.
The research team attached an electronic device to the subject's body and observed the intensity of the exercise for four days. The survey also measured daily exercise, mental health, and levels of depressed mood.
As a result of the study, it was found that those who mostly sedentary had the highest level of mental health problem as well as physical health.
However, contrary to expectations, the happiness of those who took a leisurely walk did not differ much from that of those who jog with a moderate intensity or higher. Walking for 15 to 20 minutes was also effective in increasing the level of psychological well-being and lowering the feeling of depression.
The research team said, "If you exercise for psychological happiness, you don't necessarily have to work out hard by sweating." "There is no set standard for happiness and exercise intensity. “It might be best to do what you want to do,” he said.
The research team said, “Of course, an exercise strategy that sets a big goal and achieves it will give you a sense of accomplishment and happiness, but I don’t think it’s good to feel such a burden for nothing.” “The important thing is to move the body.”
The results of this study were published in the Journal of Health Psychology for Physical activity intensity and subjective well-being in healthy adults.
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