That’s approximately two months of suffering!
Having a bad day? You’re not alone.
According to new research, commissioned by fitness app Freeletics, the average American experiences a staggering 60 “bad days” a year. That’s approximately two months spent suffering.
So, what’s the problem? Well, 80% of the 2,000 users polled blamed their foul moods on work-related stress, while 67% attributed their bad days to not getting enough sleep the night before. Feeling sick, angst over a sports team’s loss, and worries about finances were big contributing factors as well.
The study also examined what kinds of things cause a person’s day turn from average to categorically bad. Thirty-four percent reportedly had their days ruined by having plans fall through, and a whopping 25% said that a bad hair day was at fault.
The cure? Freeletics suggests you turn to exercise rather than food (50%) or alcohol (34%).
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The results of the study showed that a bit of “workout therapy” goes a long way in helping cure bad days. And the more frequently respondents worked out, the more they said it helped fix bad moods.
“These findings make a lot of sense, as working out after a tough day can be a very effective stress reliever, especially because it boosts those all-important endorphin levels,” John-Francis Kennedy, a Training Specialist at Freeletics, told Fox News.
Don’t have time to make it to the gym every time you’re feeling blue? Experts say that even a quick home workout can be enough to turn that from upside down. “We know that a 20-minute bodyweight workout done at home can be just as effective as spending an evening in the gym, so there really are no more excuses not to work on a healthy body and a healthy mind,” explained Freeletics CEO, Daniel Sobhani.