Often when we want to lose weight, we go overboard to achieve results as quickly as possible. While we understand that everyone should work out and stay fit, it’s important to note that over exercising has its cons too. According to a study, engaging in exercise of any kind for more than 90 minutes in a day can actually have an adverse effect on your mental health.
More Exercise, More Harm
When you eat more, you intake more calories than required. Similarly, when you exercise more, you put your body through pain that doesn’t allow it to recover within 24 hours. Doing anything in excess will do you more harm than good and it’s important to find a balance in your everyday activities, including exercising. Jogging, cycling, running a marathon or even spending more than three hours at a gym will not help but put your mental health at risk.
According to this study, people who involved themselves in intense physical exercises between three and five times experienced better levels of mental health than people who either didn’t exercise at all or exercised more than required. The researchers also found that exercising for around 40-45 minutes daily for five days in a week will give you the best results.
Working Out And Mental Health
When you work out for a longer duration, you get tired physically as well mentally. Your body and your brain don’t get the rest it requires to rebuild the lost energy. “Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and there is an urgent need to find ways to improve mental health through population health campaigns,” Dr Adam Chekroud, assistant professor of psychiatry at Yale University was quoted as saying to The Irish Times in an article dated August 9, 2018 . “Exercise is associated with a lower mental health burden across people no matter their age, race, gender, household income and education level,” he added.
The Ideal Type Of Exercise, Duration And Frequency
According to the study, the types of exercises that’ll help your mental health include team sports, cycling, aerobics and going to the gym. The ideal duration for each of these exercises should be 40-45 minutes every day. Even if you work out for 30 minutes daily, five days a week, you’ll be healthy and fit. The frequency should not exceed more than five days. If you are working out all seven days, you’re tiring yourself out and not letting your body heal.
It’s time you took care of your physical as well as mental health.