10 Minutes to a Better Mood

10 Minutes to a Better Mood

Just 10 minutes of moderate exercise may improve your mood, a study suggests. Once a week for four weeks, 14 female students at Northern Arizona University joined one of four activities: pedaling an exercise bicycle at a moderate pace for 10, 20 or 30 minutes, or sitting quietly for 30 minutes. Before and after each test, the women filled out a mood questionnaire. Ten minutes of moderate exercise improved mood, increased vigor and decreased fatigue, according to a study published in 2003 in Health Psychology. Working out longer didn't offer a greater change in mood (although it may offer more health benefits).

 
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