How team sports help beat stress

Group ex­er­cise ‘bet­ter for you’

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY MARTIN BAGOT Health and Sci­ence Correspondent martin.bagot@mir­ STRESS BUSTERS: PAGE 26

EX­ER­CIS­ING with other peo­ple im­proves qual­ity of life and cuts stress far more than solo work­outs, a study has found.

Peo­ple who un­der­took gym classes or team sports had a 26% re­duc­tion in stress, plus im­proved men­tal, phys­i­cal and emo­tional qual­ity of life.

The group who ex­er­cised in­di­vid­u­ally put in more ef­fort, but ex­pe­ri­enced no sig­nif­i­cant changes in stress lev­els and only lim­ited im­prove­ment to their qual­ity of life.

Dr Dayna Yorks, of the Univer­sity of New Eng­land, Maine, said: “The com­mu­nal ben­e­fits of com­ing to­gether with friends and col­leagues, and do­ing some­thing dif­fi­cult, while en­cour­ag­ing one another, pays div­i­dends.” Those do­ing group ex­er­cise showed im­prove­ments in all three qual­ity of life mea­sures – men­tal ( 13%), phys­i­cal ( 25%) and emo­tional (26%). They also re­ported a 26% re­duc­tion in per­ceived stress lev­els. The in­di­vid­ual fit­ness par­tic­i­pants saw no sig­nif­i­cant changes in any mea­sure, other than in men­tal qual­ity of life (11%).

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