People that “get” me, know that I love to share knowledge as fast as it comes into my brain.
Today’s post is sharing with you a study that was published in August of 2018. Here is the link to read the abstract.
If you want the summary, keep reading. Abstracts can be wordy and heady….for nerds like me 🙂
To begin, this study answered specific questions that clients ask me almost every week in my office.
It’s why I’m excited to share with you the results !
From 2011-2015 over 1.2 million humans participated in a study dealing with the association between physical exercise and mental health.
The study was begun to answer these 3 questions.
- How do factors such as frequency, duration and intensity of exercise relate to mental health ?
- Are all types of exercise quality effective and beneficial to mental health ?
- At what point does exercise become harmful to mental health ?
Great questions, right ?
Following are the answers…read on.
- 3 to 5 times per week is the optimal frequency. 45 minutes is the optimal duration and vigorous exercise was the optimal intensity.
2. The type of exercises that had the greatest effect on reducing mental health burdens:
22.3% popular sports (team competitions)
20.1% gym and aerobic exercises
3. The point that exercise became harmful to mental health was exercising for over 90 minutes more than 5 days per week. Another way of putting it is more than 23 times per month or longer than 90 minutes per session.
This study was probably published to the general public in the Fall of 2018, and we all know how information goes into our brain these days.
Never retaining important facts that may be useful to you and your health.
The next time you are wondering how to get the maximum benefit of working out and decreasing your stress in a healthy way, refer back to this study.
It bears repeating the important findings…
1. Optimal frequency is 3 to 5 times per week
2. Optimal duration is 45 minutes
3. Optimal intensity is vigorous
4. Best exercise is participating in a team sport. Being social matters to your mental health 🙂