Pivot Point Health & Fitness: Researchers say swapping 30 minutes of social media per day with exercise benefits mental health
Social media use exploded with COVID-19’s lockdowns and contact restrictions. The results were millions turning to Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and other platforms to escape feelings of isolation, anxiety, and hopelessness. However, excessive screen time has led to addictive behaviors, stronger emotional attachment to social media, and deeper mental anguish for many people.
The Journal of Public Health recently published its findings on this subject. Researchers say swapping 30 minutes of social media per day with exercise can benefit your mental health. Here are some findings:
- Replacing 30 minutes of social media use per day with physical activity can enhance emotional well-being and reduce stress.
- The overall benefits of exercise linger with you.
- People who cut back on social media and exercised more experienced greater happiness and less stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Reduced social media use also correlated with less tobacco consumption.
If you want more information on how to jump-start your physical activities, contact Pivot Point.
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