Low level of aerobic and muscular fitness can increase the risk of depression and anxiety twice, according to a study led by University College London (UCL) researchers.
As per research, exercise helps to stimulate the body to produce endorphins and enkephalins which are the body’s natural feel-good hormones that help to improve our mood, self-esteem, and cognitive function. People with poor fitness are 98% more prone to experience depression, 60% more likely to have anxiety, and 81% have one of the most common disorders.
Lead author, Ph.D. scholar Aoran Kandola (UCL Psychiatry) stated “Right here we have now supplied additional proof of a relationship between bodily and psychological well-being and that structured train geared towards bettering various kinds of health isn’t solely good in your bodily well being advantages.”
According to a new study published in BMC Medicine, there is a connection between cardiorespiratory fitness and grip strength with common mental disorders.
This study includes 152,978 participants from the UK Biobank of whom physical fitness and mental health, were observed for a period of 7 years. To measure the cardiorespiratory fitness and grip strength of the participants, they used an exercise test and a dynamometer. Patient Health Questionnaire-9 and Generalised Anxiety Disorders-7 scales to measure their mental fitness.
After seven years of follow-up, the researchers found that a low level of fitness has 1.8 times higher risks of developing common mental disorders. Regular exercise can be a key method for managing mental health issues that increased during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic according to studies.