EXERCISE MAKES YOU HAPPIER THAN MONEY
Yes, a pay rise might make you feel good, but a new study shows that exercise can make you feel even better! A team of Yale and Oxford researchers collected data from 1.2 million Americans, analysing how often they experienced stress, depression or emotional problems in relation to their income and level of physical activity. Scientists discovered those who don’t regularly exercise felt bad for an average of 53 days a year – 18 more days than those who are physically active. They also found those who did exercise felt just as good as inactive individuals who earned $25,000 more a year. The scientists considered all forms of physical activity – everything from gardening and housework to weightlifting and running – but found the greatest mental health benefits come from team activities, cycling and aerobic gym sessions.
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