Practicing martial arts has long been known to improve a person’s mental health. But can Martial Arts classes in Charlotte actually make you happier?
“Money Can’t Buy You Happiness” is a common phrase; you may or may not agree with. But what if science supported the argument? Researchers at Yale and Oxford worked on figuring out the link between happiness and exercise while also taking into consideration income. The findings were quite detailed, and they might surprise you.
The researchers collected a large data set from over 1.2 million Americans and discovered some enlightening trends in regards to the question, “How many times have you felt mentally unwell in the past 30 days, for example, due to stress, depression, or emotional problems?” Here is what they uncovered:
Exercise Can Increase Happiness
ALL types of exercise resulted in fewer days of poor mental health versus those who do NOT exercise and fit the same sociodemographic profile. Those who regularly exercised suffered 18 fewer days per year on average than those who were non-active.
Optimizing your Activity for Happiness
The widest margins for improvement of happiness were from popular team sports, cycling, and aerobic/gym activities. The best results are attributed to sports where socializing with others is an additional benefit of participating.
The optimal duration and frequency for peak happiness were shown to be 3-5 times per week for 45 minutes. They even go so far as to say that TOO MUCH exercise can have the opposite effect. So, it is ideal not to over-do it.
Does Money Buy Happiness?
When comparing the happiness level between different income groups. It was discovered that the magic number is $25,000/year. A person would need to earn $25,000 more per year to achieve the same happiness benefits gained by exercising.
Ideally, a person with a higher income would continue to exercise and achieve exponential benefits to their mental wellness.
So, in theory, money can buy happiness, but it takes a lot of money and exercising regularly is certainly more accessible to a larger portion of the population who do not have such flexible control over their earnings.
Charlotte Martial Arts & Yoga Classes Provide Optimal Happiness Benefits
Martial Arts training is a great choice for optimal happiness benefits from exercising. With our group classes, welcoming atmosphere, and convenient class schedules, we fit the mold. The additional benefits of improved stress management only strengthen the results and the availability of Tai Chi, meditation, and Yoga classes for our members provide further support for mental health and wellness.
When it comes to Martial Arts classes in Charlotte, The Peaceful Dragon is the best choice. Start today with a free introductory tour and semi-private lesson. Call today 704-504-8866 or sign up here.