The Effects Of Exercise On Mental Health

I want to start with the definition of mental health; ‘a person's condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.’ Mental Health is such a wide subject to talk about, but have you ever considered the effect that your mental health is having on your physical health or visa versa?   

The oxford dictionary


So usually you would have a clear distinction between mind and body. Your physical health and your mental health, but actually they are very much connected. Physical exercise is increasingly being advocated as a way to maintain and enhance good mental health.

Improvements made from exercise in the mental well being of a person who is not suffering from mental illness are either modest in magnitude or do not occur. On the other hand the changes for those with elevated anxiety or depression are far greater.

Evidence from studies involving clinical samples show that the psychological benefits associated with exercise are comparable to gains found with standard forms of psychotherapy. For healthy individuals the principal psychological benefits of exercise may be that of a prevention, whereas with people who are suffering with elevated levels of mental illness, exercise can be used as a means of treatment. 

John S. Raglin Department of KinesiologyIndiana University-BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA 25 November 2012

The subject of Mental Health and Mental Illness is becoming more talked about and understood by us the general public; everything from Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar and Schizophrenia just to name a few. The general public are becoming more aware of mental health and how it can affect them which helps them to become more open to discussing it, making it far more recognised today than it ever has been before.  

Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and one in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem in any given week.

McManus, S., Meltzer, H., Brugha, T. S., Bebbington, P. E., & Jenkins, R. (2009). Adult psychiatric morbidity in England, 2007: results of a household survey. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care.

It is a topic that is personally very important to me. I feel that it is important that we create awareness and further educate ourselves so we can continue the work to end the stigma that surrounds it. 

Be kind to everyone, always. 


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