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UCL in the News: Cleaning 'improves mental health'

9 April 2008

UCL in the News: Cleaning 'improves mental health' BBC News Working up a sweat while performing household chores may not just improve the cleanliness of your home, but your mental health too, a survey suggests.

Just 20 minutes of sustained exercise a week - from cleaning to jogging - can impact upon depression. …

UCL researchers looked at a survey of 20,000 people on weekly exercise and state of mind. …

"Many studies suggest benefits for mental health from exercise, and for the first time we have been able to quantify the amount of activity which seems to make a difference," said Dr Mark Hamer [UCL Population Sciences].

"But it is a chicken and egg issue - as those who suffer from stress or anxiety may be less likely to take part in physical activity in the first place." …