We are frequently warned about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle to our health, however how much effect does inactivity have on our happiness levels?
A study conducted by the University of Cambridge has looked at the link between body movement and happiness levels. The team developed a free mobile phone app that was advertised as a tool to understand your life choices, mood and physical activity. The app was downloaded by 10,000 men and women
Users were sent questions throughout the day about their moods, and were asked specific questions about their sitting, standing and activity levels in the past 15 minutes.
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Their responses were tracked over a period of 17 months and the results suggested that happier people engage in slightly more physical activity (including non-exercise activity) than less happy people.
It comes as little surprise to us that exercise is shown to make us feel happier and calmer - after all it's at the very core of our mission here at Move!