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Extra exercise increases life satisfaction

People’s general satisfaction with their life is higher on days when they exercise more than usual, new research has found.

The study looked at 253 college students who answered questions aimed at determining participants’ satisfaction with life, physical activity, and self-esteem. Entering this information into a diary daily, researchers noted that the amount of physical activity a person undertakes in a particular day directly influences his or her satisfaction with life.

The findings reinforce the idea that engaging in physical activity is a healthy behaviour with important consequences for daily well-being. Researchers hope it will be considered when developing national policies.

Read more at Penn-State University