The Exercise that Helps Mental Health the Most

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Researchers are examining different types of exercises as scientific understandings about the relationships between physical and mental health become more prevalent.

A recent study published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal found that physical activity typically performed in groups, such as team sports and gym classes, provided greater benefits than individual activities like running or walking. Those playing group sports like soccer and basketball reported 22.3% fewer poor mental-health days than those who didn’t exercise; those who ran or jogged fared 19% better. The study also looked at people who did household chores – they fared 11.8% better than those who didn’t participate in any of the activities.

Learn more about how physical activity can improve mental health.