A UK study of men and women aged 60-64 has found that physical activity is positively associated with mental well-being. The study included over 1 900 participants who reported on their regular levels and types of activity. The study found an increase in measures of mental well-being in participants who spent more than one hour per week walking. Increased mental well-being was also reported in participants who participated in leisure time physical activity at least five times per month. This study adds to the growing body of research that demonstrates positive mental health effects of physical activity.
Black, SV, Cooper, R, Martin, KR, Brage, S, Kuh, D, Stafford, M. “Physical Activity and Mental Well-being in a Cohort Aged 60–64 Years” American Journal of Preventive Medicine August 2015 Volume 49, Issue 2, Pages 172–180.
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