How can physical activity at work improve mental health?

Nyheten publicerad | 2016-06-23

An increasing fraction of the population is suffering from stress-related mental health problems as a result of stressors in their private lives and work environments. Research indicates that a physically-active lifestyle promotes brain health. However, there are still large knowledge gaps.

– We don't know which activity patterns are best for enhancing our ability to think and our mental wellbeing. This comprehensive research project will answer these questions. The goal is to provide both employers and employees with an understanding of how physical activity can be used as a tool for promoting healthy brain function, says Associate Professor Maria Ekblom at The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH.

Previous research has shown that physically-active individuals feel better and have a better ability to think than individuals who are less active. But it is uncertain which components of our physical activity patterns that are important. New objective measurement methods will be used in this four-year project, which will make it possible to obtain a more detailed picture of physical activity patterns and their impacts. The term "physical activity patterns" includes how often and how long an individual sits, and engages in low-intensity activities or more intensive activities (like training), during a day. Studying these patterns in detail is one of several unique aspects of this series of studies.

Read the press release about the new comprehensive research project