Physical activity: better morale and less emotional problems

Regular physical activity is not only a way to stay in good shape and maintain the integrity of muscle mass. It is in fact a real anti-inflammatory shock therapy with extremely positive consequences for the whole body and on morale.

A study carried out by American researchers has, for example, shown that we should not underestimate the capital impact of physical exercise on our mental and psychological balance as well as on the quality of life in general.

In this study, researchers examined the impact of different levels of physical activity on the quality of life of a sedentary population. 464 people with an average age of 57 were separated into 4 distinct groups, namely a control group (no physical activity), and groups subjected to exercises causing energy expenditure corresponding to 50%, 100% and 150% of the recommended level of physical activity (8 kilocalories per kg per week, approximately the equivalent of 20 minutes of walking per day). The impact of the program on the participants’ quality of life, both physically and mentally, was evaluated after 6 months by measuring several well-established parameters.

Reduced emotional problems and better quality of life

The researchers observed that people who had been subjected to the most intense levels of exercise (100 and 150% of the recommended level) saw several significantly improved physical and mental parameters compared to sedentary people, including a significant improvement in the physical ability to perform daily tasks as well as a significant decrease in emotional problems.

These benefits associated with exercise are not due to the weight loss measured during the program. This parameter shows that being physically active has multiple positive repercussions on the quality of life, independently of its impact on body weight. Exercise should therefore be considered not only as a means of maintaining muscle function and delaying the onset of chronic diseases, but also as an essential factor in our general quality of life and our good morale in particular.

Martin et al: Exercise dose and quality of life. A randomized controlled trial. Arch Intern. Med. 169: 269-278.

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