• Rita Hitching

#TeenBrainHackExercise Physical activity for mental health

Updated: Jan 23, 2020

I'm sure you already know the benefits of exercise for the body. Physical education is mandatory in school. What research is showing is the strong association between physical activity - of any kind and at any level of intensity - leads to better mental health. If you are feeling stressed, anxious, under pressure, or a little overwhelmed, physical exercise is a great brain and mood booster.

The research is showing that aerobic exercise, such as running or biking is better than strength training, such as lifting weights.

Aerobic exercise boots mental health - lessens anxiety and depressive symptoms

The research has settled on a minimum of 150 and up t0 300 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity to experience reduce stress, worry and low mood. If you bike to school, swim a few laps, or run a couple of miles a day you'd experience all the benefit of exercise without it interfering with you day.

Read the original research: "The relationship of physical activity to mental health: A 2015 behavioral risk factor surveillance system data analysis"Noemi Fluetsch, Carly Levy, Lindsay Tallon. Journal of Affective Disorders Volume 253, 15 June 2019, Pages 96-101