How much exercise is good for the mind?
Our office was full of chatter this morning on the latest research published yesterday by the Lancet Psychiatry Journal on exercise and mental health. This massive study was based on information on exercise and mental health for more than 1.2 million people in the US.
We all know that exercise is good for our bodies, but what about our minds?
Well, the study found that:
- 45 minutes of exercise three to five times a week is linked to better mental health
- More than 90 minutes day appeared to be associated with worse mental health
Seventy five types of exercise were included in the report. After popular team sports, cycling (yes you know we love it) was found to have the strongest association with better mental health.
If regular, moderate exercise is the pill for better mental health, how can we take it?
The answer in our view is: by using it as a way to travel. Next Wednesday is cycle to work week, why not try it? We've put together some tips to help you:
If you have any questions why not give us, or your local cycle hub a shout?
"I cycle because it's better than exercising"
This is one of our favourite quotes and comes from Catherine who is taking part in Cycle September, a fun campaign with great prizes that helps us get more people onto bikes in our area.
We’re also inviting local employers with an interest in staff wellbeing to take part in our Love to Ride Cycle September challenge. Signing up is simple. Businesses and organisations can register online at www.lovetoride.net/teesvalley to join the challenge. Team members can log their rides, which can be as short as 10 minutes, and points are allocated depending on the number of minutes or miles completed.
By Nicky at 9 Aug 2018, 15:55 PM