Just in case you need even more evidence for the benefits of exercise…

Just in case you need even more evidence for the benefits of exercise…

via the Wall Street Journal by Deborah Gage

Exercise has been shown to protect against diabetes, stroke and several other diseases and to improve our moods.

But does it also make us more likely to engage in other activities? Do people who exercise tend to have better social lives or achieve more of their goals?

The answer appears to be yes, according to a study that has been accepted for publication in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Exercise not only makes us feel more positive, the study found, but it also increases the likelihood that we’ll do more positive things.

That supports the use of exercise to help treat people with depression, anxiety and other illnesses. It also suggests exercise could help healthy people improve their everyday lives.

The team of researchers at George Mason University recruited 179 college students from northern Virginia and asked them to record their exercise every day for 21 days. The students were asked each day if they had participated in any of eight activities including cycling, weight training or swimming, along with an “other” activity in case theirs wasn’t listed.

They were also asked if they’d had positive social interactions each day with friends, dates, family members or other people, or if they’d achieved something they wanted to get done, such as completing a project…

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