We’ve long known that being active is good for you. Now a large study has confirmed that just walking has benefits on mental health. And it doesn’t take a lot.
The study found that the people who saw the greatest mental health benefits from exercise worked out for around 45 minutes a time, three to five days a week, which is consistent with other findings about how much you should exercise for your mood. And, interestingly, “more exercise wasn’t always better,” Dr. Chekroud says — the benefits dropped off after five workout sessions per week.