American scientists have confirmed that sufficient physical activity can save you from depression and anxiety. For research, they interviewed people during the first month of quarantine.
A large quarantine mood study conducted in the USA showed that the mental state of people who remained physically active in the first weeks of isolation was better than those whose activity was greatly reduced. The work has not yet been reviewed and has not been published in a scientific journal. It is now hosted at Cambridge Open Engage.
Staying at home, people usually become less active, a new review confirmed. But he also emphasized the effectiveness of physical exercises in maintaining the health of the psyche. The authors of a new study asked people about how they felt in the first month of quarantine, whether they supported physical activity, or did exercises.
The study involved about 3 thousand healthy non-smoking adults. The survey was conducted in early April by e-mail.
Interviewees talked about their physical activity (including how many hours a day they spent sitting) and how they practiced before and after quarantine. Scientists were interested in many details, including how complete the isolation was, whether the participants had signs of depression and anxiety, or whether respondents felt happy.
Next, scientists identified groups of people based on the number of exercises that they did: the criterion was the compliance of their development with the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise. Further, the authors of the study compared the mood of the participants with the intensity of the exercises.
Scientists have found a direct connection: the more quarantined people continued to do the exercises, the better their mood was.
The effect of the exercises or their absence was especially pronounced on the example of people who complied with full quarantine: few of them managed to maintain physical activity, they often faced depression and loneliness.
“This is a very stressful period. Our study shows that maintaining, and ideally increasing, the level of current activity is an effective way to deal with stress, ”said The New York Times Cillian McDowell, professor at Trinity College Dublin, lead author of the study.