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Schizophrenia: Regular exercise guidelines still apply

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As a nurse, I know that exercise is right up there with fresh air and sunshine and a nutritious diet.  I am frequently concerned for my patients who not only are being deprived of an opportunity to exercise daily, but are usually falling short on all the other aspects of good health.

There is research to support that “You are what you eat”; that Vitamin D deficiency is running rampant due to lack of sun exposure; that light and air physically improve mood; as well as this article that supports the need for regular exercise as a mental health benefit.

When you visit this site by clicking the link below, you will find many other articles of interest also.  Please let me know what you think of this article and this site, won’t you?


ScienceDaily (May 12, 2010) — Regular exercise can play an important a role in improving the physical and mental wellbeing of individuals with schizophrenia, according to a review published in The Cochrane Library. Following a systematic review of the most up-to-date research on exercise in schizophrenia, researchers concluded that the current guidelines for exercise should be followed by people with schizophrenia just as they should by the general population.

“Current guidelines for exercise appear to be just as acceptable to individuals with schizophrenia in terms of potential physical and mental health benefit,” says lead researcher Guy Faulkner of the Faculty of Physical Education and Health at the University of Toronto, Canada. “So thirty minutes of moderate physical activity on most or all days of the week is a good goal to aim for. Start slowly and build up.”

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness affecting four in every 1,000 people. It is already known that exercise can improve mental health, but so far there has been only limited evidence of effects in schizophrenia. The new review focused on three recent small studies that compared the effects of 12-16 week exercise programmes, including components such as jogging, walking and strength training, to standard care or yoga.

The researchers found that exercise programmes improved mental state for measures including anxiety and depression, particularly when […]

Schizophrenia: Regular exercise guidelines still apply.

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