This book can help in exploring the role of physical activity in mental health and well-being. With contributions from internationally renowned experts, Physical Activity and Mental Health presents defining research on how the use of physical activity can enhance well-being and reduce the impact of potentially debilitating mental health conditions. Written for students, researchers and professionals in exercise science, fitness and healthcare fields, Physical Activity and Mental Health details the factors that influence the relationship between mental health and physical activity as well as the benefits of physical activity in dealing with mental illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease, depression, schizophrenia and addictive behaviours. Exercise readiness checklists, mental health checklists and population-specific sample activity plans assist in creating and implementing exercise programmes to meet the needs of patients or clients.
Angela Clow is a professor of psychophysiology in the department of psychology at the University of Westminster. She also serves as the head of the department of psychology and leader of the psychophysiology and stress research group. Sarah Edmunds is a research fellow in the department of psychology at the University of Westminster. Edmunds is a BPS-chartered psychologist and HCPC-registered sport and exercise psychologist. She is well regarded as both a researcher and teacher in sport and exercise psychology.
Chapter 1. Relationship Between Physical Activity and Mental Health; Chapter 2. Physical Activity Guidelines and National Population-Based Actions; Part II: Factors Influencing the Interaction Between Mental Health and Physical Activity; Chapter 4. Social Class Relationships in Physical Activity and Mental Health; Chapter 6. Effects of Overtraining on Well-Being and Mental Health; Chapter 8. Impact of Physical Activity on Mental Health in Long-Term Conditions; Chapter 9. Depression and Anxiety; Chapter 11. Schizophrenia; Chapter 13. Exercise Dependence, Eating Disorders, and Body Dysmorphia.