Even the minimum of physical activity, can bring psychological and physical benefits
A new study, based on reports from more than 10,000 individuals, has found that physical activity, regardless of whether it is classified as exercise, can have a positive effect on emotional well-being.
The outcomes discovered, by scientists from the University of Cambridge and the University of Essex, are reported in the journal PLOS ONE, and demonstrate how smartphones can be used to gather huge scale information to look at mental, behavioral and wellbeing related phenomena as they happen everyday.
They also found that people reported being happier when they were physically active.
Prior studies in this area have looked at the relationship between exercise and happiness, with different results.
Some studies have found that happier subject report exercising more, while others have found no relationship between happiness and physical movement.
Much of previous research has relied solely on retrospective self-reports, on data collected at only one time period, and on small samples, which may not be the most accurate.
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