RESEARCH SHOWS THAT GROUP FITNESS IS THE BEST EXERCISE FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

16-Oct-2018 9:30 AM

Recent studies show that certain factors such as group-based fitness and exercising in moderation contribute to achieving optimal brain and mental health and wellbeing benefits, proving that high intensity, interval training style group fitness workouts are best exercises for mental wellbeing.

A study of 1.2 million US adults shows that those who undertook shorter workouts such as HIIT enjoyed better mental health, rather than those who undertake marathon type workouts. Research also showed that those who work out three to five times a week had a bigger reduction in poor mental health days, compared to those who work out more than five times a week, or don’t work out at all.

The research found that the important factors to achieving optimal mental health from exercise are knowing the right exercises to do--Including team sports, group fitness and cycle-based exercises—lifting weights regardless of the weight, mixing up workouts and introducing variety, and exercising your brain by using mindfulness techniques such as meditation.

The study led researchers to recommending a ‘sweet spot’ of between two and six hours of exercise a week.

For more information contact Emily Flint at Les Mills Asia Pacific e: emily@lesmills.com.au p: 6215 8105