Case analysis of sprint interval training for adolescents with severe mental illness
Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Clinical Exercise Physiology Association
School of Medical and Health Sciences / Exercise Medicine Research Institute
The use of exercise and/or physical activity (PA) is gaining recognition within psychiatric treatment practices as a component of therapy that contributes to improved health. For many, targeting physical health via aerobic and/or resistance training leads to improved sleep patterns (1), reduced cortisol levels (2), and heightened overall mood (3). Other common effects of exercise training include reduced inflammation, endorphin release (4), and improved levels of fatigue and self-confidence (5). The positive impact of exercise on overall health and well-being for patients with a severe mental illness (SMI) is established (6,7). Mental health treatment centers may even opt to include routine recreational PA for therapeutic purposes (8). This commonly includes walks or small group activities (9), which are features of treatment supported by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists...
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