New research suggests that aerobic exercise can aid in emotion regulation.
Harvard University researchers measured the amount of change a moderate amount of exercise had on emotional responses to an upsetting film clip in study participants. They found that the clip produced a negative emotional response in all participants, but those who'd participated in exercise before watching it were able to recover more quickly than those who hadn't.
Additionally, participants who exercised reported feeling less sadness than those who hadn't.
Healthy living has always included recommendations for exercise, and this new research seems to suggest the benefits extend beyond physical well-being.