The first of its kind, this book is written by internationally acclaimed scientists and presents an introduction to the emerging field of exercise as a strategy for mental health promotion, providing a platform for future research and practice.
The Exercise Effect on Mental Health contains the most recent and thorough overview of the links between exercise and mental health, and the underlying mechanisms of the brain. The text will enhance interested clinicians’ and researchers’ understanding of the neurobiological effect of exercise on mental health. Editors Budde and Wegner have compiled a comprehensive review of the ways in which physical activity impacts the neurobiological mechanisms of the most common psychological and psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. This text presents a rigorously evidence-based case for exercise as an inexpensive, time-saving, and highly effective treatment for those suffering from mental illness and distress.
Provides an evidence-based review of the connections between physical activity, mental health, and well-being, presenting research illustrating how the use of physical activity can reduce the impact of potentially debilitating mental health conditions.
A growing body of evidence shows that physical activity can be a cost-effective and safe intervention for the prevention and treatment of a wide range of mental health problems. As researchers and clinicians around the world look for evidence-supported alternatives and complements to established forms of therapy (medication and psychotherapy), interest in physical activity mounts. The Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health offers the most comprehensive review of the research evidence on the effects of physical activity on multiple facets of mental health. Written by a team of world-leading international experts, the book covers ten thematic areas: physical activity and the ‘feel good’ effect anxiety disorders depression and mood disorders self-perceptions and self-evaluations cognitive function across the lifespan psychosocial stress pain energy and fatigue addictions quality of life in special populations. This volume presents a balanced assessment of the research evidence, highlights important directions for future work, and draws clear links between theory, research, and clinical practice. As the most complete and authoritative resource on the topic of physical activity and mental health, this is essential reading for researchers, students and practitioners in a wide range of fields, including clinical and health psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, behavioural and preventive medicine, gerontology, nursing, public health and primary care.
An accessible, engaging how-to guide for building a personalised mental health 'workout'. Includes tried and tested therapeutic techniques, simple strategies and healthy thinking habits teenagers can use to boost their mental health fitness and emotional well-being.
Inspiring strategies from a wellness expert for keeping fit, relieving stress, and strengthening emotional well-being. We all know that exercise is good for physical health, but recently, a wealth of data has proven that exercise also contributes to overall mental well-being. Routine exercise alleviates stress and anxiety, moderates depression, relieves chronic pain, and improves self-esteem. In this inspiring book, Christina Hibbert, a clinical psychologist and expert on women's mental health, grief, and self-esteem, explains the connections between exercise and mental well-being and offers readers step-by-step strategies for sticking to fitness goals, overcoming motivation challenges and roadblocks to working out, and maintaining a physically and emotionally healthy exercise regimen. This book will help readers to get moving, stay moving, and maintain the inspiration they need to reap the mental health benefits of regular exercise. The 8 keys include improving self-esteem with exercise, exercising as a family, getting motivated, changing how you think about exercise, and the FITT principle for establishing an effective exercise routine.
With approximately 1 in 6 adults likely to experience a significant mental health problem at any one time (Office for National Statistics), research into effective interventions has never been more important. During the past decade there has been an increasing interest in the role that sport and physical activity can play in the treatment of mental health problems, and in mental health promotion. The benefits resulting from physiological changes during exercise are well documented, including improvement in mood and control of anxiety and depression. Research also suggests that socio-cultural and psychological changes arising from engagement in sport and physical activity carry valuable mental health benefits. Sport and Physical Activity for Mental Health is an evidence-based practical guide for nurses, allied health professionals, social workers, physical activity leaders, and sport coaches. The authors provide comprehensive analysis of a broad range of client narratives, integrating theory and the latest research to explore the effectiveness of various interventions. The book offers readers detailed recommendations, suggestions, and ideas as to how sport and physical activity opportunities can be tailored to provide the greatest mental health benefits.
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Foundations of Exercise and Mental Health, 2nd Edition, presents a thorough examination of the potential that exercise has for a positive impact on mental health. Incorporating up-to-date research, this new edition systematically reviews the nature of the psychological benefits that result from regular participation in physical activity. This comprehensive analysis of the relationship between exercise and mental health establishes that exercise is associated with short-term and long-term improvements in participants and can be applied to both the treatment and the prevention of psychological problems. The timely information in Foundations of Exercise and Mental Health, 2nd Edition, advocates an active lifestyle, supplying direction and focus for future research, and includes appropriate, specific exercise intervention strategies designed as practical forms of therapy.
In just 5 weeks, you will come out of Your Mental Health Workout with a sharper mind, clearer-decision making skills and greater resilience. Your Mental Health WorkoutTM provides you with exercises, tools, affirmations and expert guidance so you can start looking after your mental health for the long term. Zoë Aston, psychotherapist and mental health consultant to many high-profile individuals, has devised a ground-breaking 5-week schedule to help you build mental muscle; she incorporates 2 to 3 years of one-to-one therapy in one book. Our mental health is just like our physical health; we all have psychological weak spots or injuries and, just like physical injury, when they get used they may feel tender or uncomfortable. They need to be cared for in the right way so they can heal. Zoë's tried-and-tested workout plan, which helps to normalise the conversation around mental health, is split into weekly and daily sets. The weekly workouts help develop accountability, commitment to yourself and others and encourage physical exercise as a form of mood management. While your daily workouts move your focus inwards, providing space and time for you to look after the integrity of your mind through development of healthy self-talk. At the end of the book, there is a handy planner so you can easily track your progress. By following Zoë's plan you will become stronger, happier and can create the internal emotional landscape you want to live in. 'I worked with Zoë for 6 months, prior to which I had always been quite sceptical about whether I would benefit from therapy. During that time she helped me to get to know myself, understand myself, and be kinder to myself.' - Dr Zoë Williams 'Zoë's techniques are easy and give great results. Her work has given me wonderful insight into how I can look after my mind and makes mental wellness feel accessible to everyone. I highly recommend Your Mental Health WorkoutTM to anyone who has the desire to improve their emotional health.' - Pixie Lott
Exercise is well known to be beneficial to physical health; however, increasing research indicates that physical exercise is also beneficial to brain health and may alleviate symptoms of mental disorders. This book, written by international experts, describes and explores the theory and practice of exercise intervention for different mental disorders across the life span. Drawing on evidence from basic neuroscience research, and enriched with findings from the latest clinical trials, the work provides clear descriptions of current practice and highlights ways to translate this knowledge into pragmatic advice for use in daily practice. The chapters cover a broad range of conditions including neurodevelopmental disorders, depression, anxiety, psychosis and late life neurocognitive disorders. This book is for mental health clinicians including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, as well as internists, paediatricians and geriatricians seeking a comprehensive and individualized approach to treatment.
In this book I have photos of the exercises I did and continue with to achieve a toned body. I have two routines, one with no weights and one with weights. I am not going to tell people what to eat like most fitness books because I eat whatever I want as long as it’s healthy but I also indulge my sweet tooth. I am sure this routine could help you if you put a little bit of time and effort into it, you won’t see results over night but be patient and you’ll get there. One day you will look in the mirror and there will be a new you.
The 'feel-good' effect of physical activity is widely reported among participants. Physical Activity and Psychological Well-Being represents a research consensus on the relationship between physical activity and aspects of mental health, providing an overview of the case for the role of exercise in the promotion of psychological well-being. Topics covered include: * anxiety and stress * depression * mood and emotion * self-perceptions and self-esteem * cognitive functioning and ageing * psychological dysfunction This book is invaluable reading for students and researchers working in the exercise, sport and health sciences, and for health and clinical psychologists. It is also a foundation text for health promotion and health service professionals, particularly those working in the area of mental health.
Presents information on how exercise affects both body and mind by improving health and positively impacting mood and mental abilities, and gives advice on how to begin and maintain an exercise program.
Twenty Simple Steps to Improve Your Emotional Fitness
Author: Mark Freeman
Publisher: Piatkus Books
It's well known that if we want to keep our bodies fit, we must go for a run from time to time. But why do so few of us take the time to develop our mental fitness too? Enter The Mind Workout: a home exercise programme for improving your mental health and fitness. Developed from Mark Freeman's own recovery from several mental illnesses, The Mind Workout combines mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to outline a groundbreaking - health first - approach to strengthening mental and emotional wellbeing. The Mind Workout will leave you feeling stronger, fitter and better equipped to make healthy changes while navigating the complexities of everyday life.
A brand new and must have textbook for the students and practising physiotherapists which acts as a trusted guide on the different perspectives, contexts and approaches across the spectrum of mental health and psychiatry settings. Grounded in theory and clinical practice, it covers a range of widely-used evaluation tools and treatment methods for specific syndromes and pathologies which will help physiotherapists to signpost and identify the care needs of their patients within both individual and group therapeutic settings. Case studies ensure that the theory discussed is applied to various practical scenarios after which reflective exercises are used to reinforce learning and understanding. First internationally-relevant textbook for physiotherapists covering a range of mental health and psychiatry settings Ideal confidence booster for both students and practitioners new to the subject Contributed by world-leading academics, clinicians and researchers in the field Advocates a scientific and clinical based approach with patient at centre Concepts applied to practice with case studies Multi-perspective views and approaches to human movement and function In-text reflective learning exercises
Physiotherapy in Mental Health: A Practical Approach provides a concise discussion of the concept of abnormal behavior. The title also covers the role of physiotherapy in dealing with mental problems. The first part of the text covers the basic aspects of physiotherapy in mental health setting; this part covers psychiatric illness; communication in the clinical mental health setting; and the evaluation of physiotherapy services in the mental health field. Next, the book covers the concerns of the practice of physiotherapy in mental health, such as challenging behaviors, stress management, and relaxation training. The last part covers the various aspects of psychiatric treatment, including child psychiatry, eating disorders, and substance abuse. The text will be of great use to physiotherapists in the mental health care setting. The book will also be interesting to readers who want to know how physiotherapy can be applied to improve the mental and social health of individuals.