Why is a Counselor Telling me to Exercise?

Studies have shown that exercise is beneficial for mental health, reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression, and helps to elevate a low or negative mood. Exercise also improves self-esteem and cognitive functioning. Exercise has also been consistently associated with improvement in symptom management and overall quality of life for individuals living with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Although studies have demonstrated the effect exercise has on mental health, it is rarely recognized by mainstream mental health services and providers as an effective intervention in the care and treatment of mental health conditions. In some cases, intense cardiovascular training or endurance training such as running has been advocated as being more beneficial for improving symptoms of mental illness than therapy or psychotropic medication. What are your thoughts?

Carmel Brown

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