Just how good is physical activity for your mental health? Dr Brendon Stubbs is a research physiotherapist with a specific interest in mental health and over 400 published papers. He knows this area inside out and talks on the podcast about the evidence around physical activity and its impact on our psychological health. From the most severe illnesses such as schizophrenia to lower levels of depression and anxiety the research is all very encouraging. We need to get more active and we need to find ways to help people with mental health problems get physically active too.
- EPA guidance on physical activity as a treatment for severe mental illness: a meta-review of the evidence and Position Statement from the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), supported by the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Mental Health (IOPTMH) in European Psychiatry
- ‘Walk This Way’ – a pilot of a health coaching intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour and increase low intensity exercise in people with serious mental illness: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.
- Association between physical exercise and mental health in 1·2 million individuals in the USA between 2011 and 2015: a cross-sectional study in The Lancet Psychiatry
- Associations between TV viewing, sitting time, physical activity and insomnia among 100,839 Brazilian adolescents
- The effect of experimentally induced sedentariness on mood and psychobiological responses to mental stress in the British Journal of Psychiatry (2016)
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