Regular physical exercise is linked with a lower self-reported burden of mental ill-health; although “too much” appears to be as harmful as too little activity. The optimal duration for physical activity would appear to be 45 minutes, between three – five times per week.
“All types of activity were found to improve mental health no matter people’s age or gender, including doing the housework and looking after the children”.
Regular exercise ‘best for mental health’. London: BBC Health News, August 9th 2018.
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Chekroud, SR. Gueorguieva, R. [and] Zheutlin, AB. [et al] (2018). Association between physical exercise and mental health in 1·2 million individuals in the USA between 2011 and 2015: a cross-sectional study. The Lancet Psychiatry. August 8th 2018. [Epub ahead of print].