Physical exercise improves your sense of wellbeing but different intensities give different results.
Healthy adults were tested after doing various types of exercises and activities and compared how they felt.
Office work and driving a car were considered light intensity and were associated with an improved mood.
Housework or walking were considered moderate activities and not only improved mood but reduced pain, in those that suffered this.
Doing nothing reduced people’s moods.
Journal of Health Psychology doi:10.1177/1359105317691589
Adapted from article in Human Givens Vol 1 2017