Introduction The neurobiological effects of physical exercise are numerous and involve a wide range of interrelated effects on brain structure, brain function, and cognition. A large body of research in humans has demonstrated that consistent aerobic exercise (e.g. 30 minutes every day) induces persistent improvements in certain cognitive functions, healthy alterations in gene expression in… Read More
Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid (Young People) Course
I have just completed my Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid Young People (SMHFA:YP) course. Launched in 2013, SMHFA:YP was developed to meet the increasing demand for a similar type approach for adults who support or care for young people aged between 11 and 17. SMHFA:YP is a three-part, 14-hour blended course which is designed to… Read More
Attending the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course
Day one of my Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course. MHFA is a training programme that teaches members of the public how to help a person: Developing a mental health problem (including a substance use problem); Experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem; or In a mental health crisis.
Can Regular Fitness Help to Clear Your Mind for Studying?
Physical activity and exercises are recommended by doctors, physicians and medical representatives for a reason. To be more precise, for a whole list of reasons. However, even though physical activity has numerous benefits in regards to our health, many are wondering whether it actually affects our brain and the way we think, process information and… Read More
Mental Health & Exercise: Getting the ‘Dose’ Right
It is now well-known, and generally accepted, that exercise is beneficial for mental health. For example, we know that: 1. Enjoyment Matters Research demonstrates the pleasure response (officially known as affective valence) to a single bout of aerobic exercise can predict participation in the long-term, i.e. six- and twelve months later. The less pleasurable the… Read More
What are the Top 10 Mental Health Benefits of Exercise?
1. Reduces Stress Exercise increases concentrations of norepinephrine; Moderates the brain’s response to stress; and Boost the body’s ability to deal with existing physical symptoms that stress and worrying creates. 2. Alleviates Depression Exercise releases endorphins. Creates feelings of happiness and euphoria. Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as… Read More
Does Exercise Benefit Patients with Major Depression?
Research Paper Title Benefits from aerobic exercise in patients with major depression: a pilot study. Background Several reports indicate that physical activity can reduce the severity of symptoms in depressed patients. Some data suggest that even a single exercise bout may result in a substantial mood improvement. Therefore the objective of this research was to… Read More
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