Smartphone-based exercises that are brief as well as directed can help quickly improve our mood, says an interesting study.
These exercises are various established or more modern psychotherapeutic exercise modules known as micro-interventions.
The findings showed that participants in the study felt more alert, calmer and uplifted after using five-minute video tutorials on their smartphones as a guide.
Those who succeeded in immediately improving their mood through the brief exercises also benefited over the longer term as well.
Further, these technology-based exercises are concrete and can be used in everyday situations as they are readily-available anytime, and are cost-free too, the researchers said.
"The study demonstrates the viability of smartphone-based micro-interventions for improving mood in concrete, everyday situations," said Marion Tegethoff, associate professor at the University of Basel in Switzerland.
Such applications could represent a useful addition to the psychotherapeutic options currently available.
However, these exercises cannot replace treatment by a qualified professional for people suffering from depression or other psychological disorders, the researchers warned.
For the study, the team included 27 healthy young men as part of a larger research programme using the modern communication technology to improve psychological health also referred to as "mobile health, or mHealth for short.
The subjects recorded their mood on their smartphones, answering short questions by marking a six-step scale both before and after the exercise.
Some of the participants, for example, recalled emotional experiences during the exercise, while other test subjects repeated short sentences or number sequences in a contemplative manner, or played with their facial gestures.
We have also a few famous Android apps that can help you go a long way.
7 Minute Workout: It is a popular app and provides awesome graphics with UI designs. On this app we can easily lose weight and get a flat tummy. Add our workout time and also set notification for the same. These 7-minute exercises include 12-exercises with a 10-second break between each. Approximately 50 million users have downloaded this app.
Abs Workout: This is another free app in the list for androids. It has a rating of 4.1 on Google Play Store and contains a 42-day schedule of regular exercise for the abs and designed a perfect six pack. There is no need to go to the gym. We can also integrate it with text to speech apps to follow audio instructions during exercise. Approximately 50 million users have downloaded.
Pushup Workout: Pushup Workout is an amazing personal guide for workout at home. It contains proximity counting for our pushups. We can also add our exercise data manually. It also provides two modes for exercise: Training Mode And Free Mode. In Training Mode it will make a reasonable plan for pushups according to the age and body status.
Chest Workout is one of the popular android apps for exercise at home. It is specially designed to shape the chest and includes videos of workouts. Men and women or boys and girls alike can try it. It provides weekly or monthly updates of the exercise, is lightweight and is compatible with Android 4.1 or a higher version.
Home Workout is a wonderful android app for the home and is designed for both men and women. With a rating of 4.1 on Google Play store, it provides many routine plans according to the user’s choice including a 7-minute plan, 5-minute abs exercise and more. It contains exercise for chest, legs, abs, arms etc.