The effects of exercise on mental illness

The effects of exercise on mental illness

The video looks at how exercise affects mental health, specifically for the adult and elderly populations. An exercise physiologist, who is a part of the Stay Well program at St. Josephs’s Hospital, was interviewed to share his expertise on the benefits of exercise.

This video was made by McMaster Demystifying Medicine students Ava Oliaei, Nour Eddin Garada and Nadia Butt.

Copyright McMaster University 2019

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8 Replies to “The effects of exercise on mental illness”

  1. I use to smoke weed and cigarettes everyday, it messed up my mindset and I was so unmotivated, just finished high-school, got no girlfriend and I’m stuck. so one night when I was drunk lol I started doing like 300 situps beside my bed, my back was aching pain,my whole body was just in pain but I still kept going. Now Im on a strict diet and make ab workouts a morning routine for me. My mind just feels fresh and I have some thought of what I wanna do in my life. I could even tell that all my friends were just taking advantage of me, so I deleted Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram and only social media I go on is YouTube I watch self improvement videos on how to be more mature and man the hell up. I’m thinking of joining the defence force later on in my life and going uni to do further studies at the same time.

  2. I’m trying to understand when exercise will kick in for me, it’s been 6 months almost. I still don’t feel the effects which are so persistently put on display.

  3. I am an avid #MentalHealthAwareness advocate and spoken word performer, and I love this so much. I travel the country trying to bring that awareness on stages, in classrooms, hospitals, and on my YouTube channel, so I get excited when I see other advocates. 💙❤

  4. You guys need to check out Polykinetics. It’s the first ever systematic physical fitness method designed exclusively for those who struggle with mental illnesses and/or disorders. It was created back in 2014 by a former championship fighter and martial arts instructor, as well as, a parent who was diagnosed with a severe mental illness back in 2005. #Polykinetics #mentalhealth

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