Could sweating be the key to achieving happiness? Yes, according to the findings of this new American study that states that sweating is the right way to achieve personal well-being.
While many studies have highlighted the benefits of physical activity on depression, the results of a study published in the medical journal Journal of Happiness Studies say that physical activity would also be beneficial to emotional satisfaction.
Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a meta-analysis of 23 studies on happiness and physical activity to understand what aspects of physical activity were associated with happiness and which populations were likely to benefit from the effects.
The studies included information on the health of adults, the elderly, adolescents, children and cancer survivors from several countries.
The results of the study showed that people who were not sufficiently active were still more likely (+20%) to be happy than those who did not do any activity at all. This figure increased to reach +29% among participants who were sufficiently active, and peaked at +52% for very active volunteers.
Scientists have also observed that there is a threshold to improve one’s well-being. Indeed, a number of studies have found that satisfaction levels are the same whether you are active between 150 and 300 minutes per week or more than 300 minutes per week.
Increasing one’s physical activity would also be effective in helping women cope with ovarian cancer, children and adolescents with cerebral palsy, as well as addicts.
“Our results suggest that the frequency of physical activity and volume are critical factors in the relationship between physical activity and happiness,” said Weiyun Chen, associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Michigan. “More importantly, even a small change in physical activity makes a difference in happiness.”