According to a report in Medical News Today, replacing 30 minutes of social media use per day with physical activity can enhance emotional well-being and reduce stress.
German researchers found, “The benefits of exercise lingered as much as 6 months after the end of their study.”
For example, participants 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.
The research was published in the Journal of Public Health and found that decreasing social media use and increasing physical activity, or a combination of the two, factored into better emotional wellness and less tobacco use.
Experts noted that too much social media use may actually exacerbate mental health and addiction issues.
The researchers commented that healthier behaviors can be integrated easily into a person’s routine.
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