A recent study found that as little as 20 minutes of physical activity a week can boost your mood. The more intensive the activity, the greater the effect.
Associating sports and physical activity with well being is hardly a new way of thinking, but the effect on mental health has so far never been measured.
Daily physical activity of any kind — including housework, gardening, walking, and sports — was associated with a 41 percent lower risk of psychological distress. But sports reduced the risk of mood lows the most — by 33 percent.”
Twenty minutes a week translates into just under three minutes a day, a good starting point for a daily exercise routine.